Saints and Soldiers: The Void is the third in the Saints and Soldiers series and was released on October 14th.
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.
This is a good movie. I just love how the Saints and Soldiers movies seem to accurately portray the complexities of war without the vulgar language and graphic violence that is often seen in war movies (though there is some violence… it is a war movie). It’s not often we can turn on a movie about WWII without worrying about our children wandering in and out of the room. The Void particularity addresses the issue of racism in our country’s history. While institutionalized racism and segregation is a terrible stain on our nation’s legacy, the movie ends with a thread of hope: The knowledge that as Satan helped man erected those walls to divided us from our fellow men, and with God’s help man can tear them down.