‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ Trailer: WWI Soldiers Face The Brutal Reality Of War

This past weekend at Middleburg Film Festival I had multiple people telling me I needed to add All Quiet On the Western Front to my busy schedule. And I would’ve, but knowing the original source material and the classic 1930 war movie, there was no way I would start my day with something I knew would be a grim experience. But based on the reviews out of the festival and TIFF as well, we could be looking at a frontrunner to win Best International Feature at the Oscars.

Set during WWI, the film centers on a group of young, idealistic German soldiers whose romanticized ideas of war are quickly shattered by the brutal reality.

The film is directed by Edward Berger (The Terror), and stars Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Moritz Klaus, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic, Daniel Bruhl, Devid Strisow and Sebastian Hülk.

All Quiet On the Western Front is in select theaters now, and hits Netflix next week on October 28th.

It’s 1917 and wartime in Germany, as Paul Bäumer lies about his age so that he can enlist alongside his friends — all of them very young men filled with romanticized, patriotic notions. The reality of war almost immediately dismantles their exuberance. Soon (too soon) Paul is thrown into a trench, with little equipment, minimal training, and the swiftly repaired uniform of another soldier on his back. Only the hardy advice of an older veteran prevents him from becoming another hapless statistic on his first day.

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.