Perhaps the most horrific and (presumably) realistic war movie ever made, this German feature from director and co-writer Edward Berger (adapted from Remarque’s classic novel) will shake you to your core and leave you feeling dead on the battlefield. As intense and graphic as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ was for its first half-hour, ‘Quiet’ digs in and never lets up, showcasing the fantastic debut of Felix Kammerer as Paul, along with James Friend’s gorgeous and haunting cinematography and Volker Bertelmann’s unconventional but compelling score. It’s a true masterpiece, if you can make it through it.

5/5 stars