Tense, concise, and well made, though Rothemund doesn't do a lot to put a stamp on the story; it's all a little ordinary. Jentsch is great, her remarkable control imbuing her barely perceptible facial tics with genuine meaning. Held is a worthy match as her interrogator, layered and incisive. The story can't help but get an emotional reaction, but two great performances and taut writing ratchet it up that much more.
I'd never heard of her before I watched this, so I'm very thankful for MUBI screening this film. I enjoyed the sharp dialogue between her and her Interrogator. But brave dissenters abound in todays world to. The LGBT community in Russia comes to mind. I admire their true bravery in the face of another obscene ideology masquerading as 'the law'.
Sophie Scholl althrough not interested in becoming a great piece of cinema, is more committed in showing the brave story of someone who fought for what she believes. There's nothing shinny about the The Final Days but it sure is a very interesting study piece.
I loved this movie. There are films that can make you a braver, better person. I found this one gave me those feelings. This film also dealt with the FINAL DAYS and therefore brought a different knowledge, perhaps for some who never knew how they were some of the worst days for those going through that hell during that time in history.
Julia Jentsch delivers a stellar performance as Sophie Scholl, a heroine of conscience. As I watched the film, I hoped that I should never need Scholl's brand of courage but wondered if I would find it within me if ever circumstances called for it. The answer, I know, is probably not. People like the Scholls are a rare breed, but we survive because of them.
Even though you know what's coming, this true story still grips and horrifies. Julia Jentsch gives a remarkable and deeply moving portrayal of a student who, alongside her brother and others, works as an activist in an underground organisation dedicated to distributing propaganda against the Nazi regime. Her swift arrest, interrogation and trial happens terrifyingly quickly as Nazi 'justice' takes its due course.....