Upcoming Netflix film All Quiet on the Western Front is a German epic anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name.
The film revolves around 17-year-old Paul whose initial excitement of joining the Western Front in World War I is quickly shattered by the grim reality of life in the trenches. Our first encounter with him in the film is in 1917, he’s a fresh-faced, excited teenager signing up for the army with forged papers so he doesn’t get left behind by his trio of mates who believe that enlisting will help them “meet girls”.
The story follows teenagers Paul Bäumer and his friends Albert and Müller, who voluntarily enlist in the German army, riding a wave of patriotic fervor that quickly dissipates once they face the brutal realities of life on the front.
Paul’s preconceptions about the enemy and the rights and wrongs of the conflict soon crumble. However, amid the countdown to armistice, Paul must carry on fighting until the end, with no purpose other than to satisfy the top brass’ desire to end the war on a German offensive.NETFLIX
All Quiet on the Western Front is scheduled to be released on Friday, Oct 28th.