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Human Bomb (1998)

An unhappy male takes a classroom of children and their teacher (Patsy Kensit) hostage with a set of explosives strapped to his body.

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A young woman (Patsy Kensit) has just begun teaching 8-9 year olds below her qualification standards because of past problems. The school is English, based in Berlin for the children of foreign diplomats etc. Already having the usual difficulties with teaching spoiled children, on her second day her classroom gets held hostage by a frustrated intellectual killer. Jurgen Prochnow plays the German detective heading the case. The film focuses mainly on the 24 hours spent inside the classroom, with Marcia trying to keep the children calm without losing her own sanity. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and cruelty
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This film failed to grip as much as it should have done
10 April 2001 | by (Lincolnshire, England) – See all my reviews

Since this movie was based on true events, and centred around a group of small children and their young teacher - Patsy Kensit - being held hostage by a crazed fanatic it should have had me on the edge of my seat, but it didn't. The main problem was that the crazed fanatic was a really bad actor, and I didn't believe in him for one moment. Most of the children were more frightening than him, mainly because their acting was dire. Surely they could have cried a bit more convincingly. They should have been made to watch the rushes, that might have helped. On the other hand, Prochnow was tailor-made for his role as a policeman still haunted by the memory of the murder of the athletes at the Munich Olympics and determined not to let the same thing happen again, and it was interesting to learn how tight-fisted and devious governments are willing to be even when children's lives are at stake. If the ending is true then it's amazing, but I suspect a little dramatic licence may have been taken here. An okay watch in the end, but it should have been better.


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