TIFF08: My Thoughts on Good and Fifty Dead Men Walking

Most of the films I’ve seen at the festival were pretty light-hearted affairs. However, the films I saw last night and this morning were, in contrast, quite serious.

Good is a story about a German university professor (Viggo Mortensen), who joins the Nazi party and slowly moves from being a “good” guy to being totally assimilated into the party.

This film is all about the consequences of the choices we make and it was a quite good morality tale.


Fifty Dead Men Walking is a co-production between the UK and Canada and it’s about how a young Belfast man (Jim Sturgess) is recruited by a British agent (Ben Kingsley) to infiltrait and report on the IRA.

This film was a pretty intense film, with some scenes being a bit disturbing. However, I also thought that it was a very good film. It really shows how dark a place Northern Ireland was during “The Troubles.”


That’s all from the festival for today.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).