At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health ...
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At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health Inspector" enters the car, and is irate about loads of hamburger wrappers all over the interior. Obviously, someone ate a lot of hamburgers inside his car. The Health Inspector asks the man who it was, but the man is unable to answer, since he is obvioulsy severely injured and in pain. The Health Inspector switches on the car radio, which sets off a pre-installed bomb and the car, including both occupants, is completely destroyed.
After this intitial scene, the actual plot commences, which took place the hours before the explosion and led to it.
Leo (Til Schweiger) works as a hitman under the code name "Eisbär" (polar bear). He has decades of experience in his job and is a total professional. He has the order to kill a night club owner (played by German singer/songwriter Peter Maffay) and disposes off the ...
A lot of details hint to Cologne as the filming location, among others the license plate of the Health Inspector's Mercedes. Also, "Koelsch" beer is served in the pub "Pauls Eck". However, the Alfa Romeo of the undercover cops has Munich plates, the car of Nico's persuers is registered in Berlin, and the one the thugs sent after Leo use in Dortmund. In the final scene Leo, Nico, Fabian and Reza set off with a car registered in Essen. See more »
The license plate of the silver Alfa Romeo driven by the cops. See more »
The film is a real light one - but I found it very funny. You get to see a bunch of well - known German actors that tell a story that is foreseeable, but the good thing of the film isn't the story, it's how it's told. The quality of the actors that take part in this movie was only possible because they are friends in real life and didn't see the movie as a commercial product in the first place. They did it for fun, and so get to see an uncomplicated movie played by actors you usually wouldn't see in such a movie - and in such a concentration.
Gangsters that threaten gangsters, policeman chase all the gangsters, some want money, some want vengeance, some just want to have fun.
The acting is very convincing, and the behavior of the characters is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. Furthermore, the type of the characters is very different and sometimes quite extreme.
I like the movie very much. It may not be perfect, but after all I always like to watch the film when it's shown in TV every few years.
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