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The Resistance Banker

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Lots of war violence in unique, engaging true story.

Movie NR 2018 123 minutes
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There are lots of movies and shows about World War II, but The Resistance Banker manages to stand out from the crowd. Based on a true story, the actions of Walraven and Gijs Van Hall are a testament to how it was more than statesmen, generals, and infantry who brought down the Third Reich, and how it was even more than those who fought in the resistance with guns and bombs. It also required seemingly ordinary people hiding in plain sight, and even bankers armed with nothing but the knack for creative bookkeeping. These regular people took enormous risks. The Resistance Banker shows that these lesser-known stories can be just as exciting, engaging, and worthwhile as the more traditional war adventures.

It's not to say that accounting is the stuff of great cinema. The intricacies in the systems and schemes the Van Halls put into place are likely to go over the heads of those who aren't CPAs. But how it worked and what it accomplished is simple enough to grasp. And since the story isn't as well known, and there's a certain irony in bankers (especially from the vantage point of a post-2008 financial crash world) showing extraordinary bravery, integrity, and selflessness, you don't know exactly how it's going to end, even if you do, in the big picture, know how it's going to end.

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