The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Captain makes chillingly persuasive points about the dark side of human nature -- and underscores how little certain tendencies ever really change.

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Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, The Captain follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be. Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, The Captain presents fascism as something of a game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous.

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Hubacher's performance is a masterful physical feat.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

You've heard of 'Stalag 17', now meet Stalag 666.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though he belabors the obvious and sensationalizes the carnage and sadism, Schwentke is dealing with some relevant issues.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Captain" is full of suspense and interest throughout.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Atrocities and showmanship are queasy bedfellows when making movies of this ilk.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Many of the flourishes come off as callow, superficial. You watch "The Captain" with a sick feeling in your stomach, but probably not sick enough.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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