A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.
This very dark, intense film about the horror and brutality of war focuses on a group of young German soldiers fighting at the front during WWI. It's brilliant, raw, and compellingly honest. Lew Ayers, only 20 years old at the time, does a very fine job. Based on Remarque's famous book, this is a classic, stunning piece of cinema, which earned Best Picture and Director Oscars. The ending is haunting and very disturbing, and it will stay with you long afterward. Would I recommend? Yes, but for more mature audiences who can really take it in.