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Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully, a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena's way out -- or lead them all into even darker territory.
Drama Thriller - This is a slow, black-and-white homage to '40s era film noir. This
is one for the real film fans as it's all about the retro style.
Fans of Tobey Maguire may be disappointed by his limited screen time.
PROFANITY: 25 F-words, 5 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex as well as unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Some fights. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters.
USA TodayFull Review Average The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's homage to film noir and wartime thrillers, is technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.
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U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer (GEORGE CLOONEY) has just arrived to cover
the upcoming Potsdam Peace Conference, where Allied leaders will meet to determine the fate of
a vanquished Germany and a newly liberated Europe…and, in the process, carve up what's left
of any value for themselves.
It's not Jake's first visit to Berlin. He once managed a news bureau here. He once fell in
love here. But that seems a lifetime ago as he takes in the staggering devastation on the jeep ride
from the airport to his hotel in the American zone.
Jake's driver, Corporal Tully (TOBEY MAGUIRE), exudes small-town American
charm—an eager, guileless, good-natured kid from the Midwest. In reality, he's corrupt to the
core, bartering anything and anyone, and playing all sides for the highest price. But that's not
unusual. Everyone in Berlin has a secret now. Everyone is working an angle to get what they
need: money, power, survival…or just a way out.
Tully's black market dealings don't interest Jake, but Tully's girlfriend does. She's Lena
Brandt (CATE BLANCHETT), Jake's former love, although somehow, now, not quite the
person he once knew. She has been irrevocably changed by the war, the hardship of life in this
ruined city and the burden of her own secrets.
When Tully ends up in the Russian zone with 100,000 marks in his pocket and a bullet in
his back, Jake finds himself drawn into the mystery of this murder, and the bigger mystery of
why both the American and Russian authorities look the other way.
The deeper his investigation takes him, the more it leads him back to Lena. Jake
discovers that it is nearly impossible to unearth the truth in a time and place where people are
still reeling from the horrors of the war and desperate to salvage their humanity in the shadow of
the often unbearable knowledge of what they did to survive.