World War II in Norway
firstname.lastname@example.org | Bryne, Norway | 11/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Last Lieutenant" or "Secondløytnanten" as it's called in its original language gives the viewer a good insight in how the World War II was for the Norwegian Army. As a low-ranking officer of the Army-reserve, the main character show up for service as soon as he learns that his country is under attack by a foreign force. The war came as a great surprise to the Norwegian armed forces. As he shows up to start his fight, he first has to fight the bureaucracy to be allowed into the war. As he gets his own unit of poorly-trained and ill-motivated reserve soldiers, he takes the fight to the Germans despite most of the Army being either in chaos or surrendering. The movie raises a few ethical questions as he wants to execute one of his own for letting out POW's. The movie is a captivating illustration of how futile the resistance in most of southern Norway was to the powerful German war-machine. I recommend this movie for anyone with an interest of World War II in Europe. This is quite a different story than those told of The war on the res of the continent."
The second pressing (release Oct 2002)
Jostein Strand | Stord, Norway | 01/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This new edition have fixed the sound problem, and the movie now have excellent sound through the whole movie. The picture quality is excellent the first hour, but the rest is still kinda blurry videoquality. The opening and end credits are still hard to read and the subtitles are still impossible to remove.This DVD still recives 4 stars because it may be the most personal war story I've ever seen. German and Norwegian troops are treated equally and followed closely in their struggle."
A. Sutherland | Cleveland, OH United States | 09/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I showed this movie (on VHS) to my Norwegian great uncle who had lived through WWII in Norway and fought in the Resistance. I almost regretted that I had done so. My great uncle fumed and grieved. He said the movie was quite realistic. He was deeply ashamed of how quickly the armed forces there fell to the Nazis and the movie was too painful for him. As someone who grew up hearing WWII family history, it was important to me to see this story and to hear it verified."