Movie Review – Saints and Soldiers: The Void

Saints and Soliders The Void

Germany, May 1945, the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.

Before the war, Sergeant Jesse Owens, was a product of segregation and racial discrimination. Forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. As the Germans bear down on the Americans, Owens fights the Axis powers for a freedom he and his fellow African American soldiers have never felt.

With a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by the German Panzer tanks. Several in Owens’ crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. With tension and fear beginning to manifest Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy from their deadly plan. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.

Tuesday night I had the chance to attend a pre-screening of the 3rd Saints and Soldiers movie at our local theater. We don’t get many chances for opportunities like this down her so I jumped at the chance to attend.

What a fabulous movie! So glad I went to see it.  I’m not a huge war movie lover but this one was really well done.  During the first 15 minutes I started wondering if this would be a long drawn out movie cause honestly it started off a little slow to me.  After that I was drawn into the story and the movie was over way too soon.

We took our 8 year old daughter with us because our babysitter fell through.  I was a little leery of taking her to a PG-13 war movie but she ended up really liking it. A few minutes into the movie she said “Hey Mom that’s Matt from Stuido C”. She was sold on the movie after that.  She then recognized “Troy Bolton’s dad”.

I’m not recommending this movie for 8 year olds but this is honestly one of the mildest PG-13 movies I’ve seen and my daughter didn’t have problems watching it. Someone is shown with a cigarette in their mouth (she wondered why there was smoking in the movie), there are a couple of mild swear words (again she wondered why they were swearing) and there was one scene when blood comes out of someone’s mouth as he is dying after he is shot (she was really interested in why that would happen but not grossed out by it).  Other than that there was some war type violence but it was not overly graphic or bloody.

Saints and Soldiers: The Void will be released Friday, August 15th.  It has a limited opening in theaters in Utah but I highly recommend this film to all. This is not a “mormon” movie.  There is no reference to the Mormon religion. Anyone who loves a good story should enjoy The Void.

If you live in Utah you should plan to go see this movie when it opens August 15th. If you live outside of Utah and want to see this movie come to your town you can use this widget to request it.

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While at the screening there was a chance to win a movie poster signed by the cast by submitting a selfie to facebook, instagram or twitter. Here is my daughter’s “selfie” that won her a signed poster.
Selfie Saint and Soldiers