In Frankfurt, the mayor has a conflict with the garbage men reducing their salaries and their class is now on strike. The heat associated to the garbage bring rats to the city to search ...
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"The Brookdale Institute" is a mysterious, little-known hospital for the criminally insane (a fact which is kept on a need-to know basis). Brookdale has another, more lucrative facet; a ... See full summary »
In Frankfurt, the mayor has a conflict with the garbage men reducing their salaries and their class is now on strike. The heat associated to the garbage bring rats to the city to search food. The helicopter pilot Frank Dabrock orders to cut the power to the city to save a little girl that is looking for her dog near to a powered electric cable and the Stock Exchange is affected by his act. Dabrock delivers the girl safe and sound to her mother Dr. Katrin but the mayor decides to punish him and transfer Dabrock to work in the rodent control department. Soon Katrin discovers that the rats are carrying a lethal virus and there is no vaccine to cure the humans bitten by them. Meanwhile Dabrock and his team learn that there are thousands of rats in the underground that need to be exterminated but the army has different opinion and quarantine Frankfurt. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Movie catastrophes tend to go to extremes in search of deadly threats, or plots that justify a large FX budget. This very good German thriller, instead, increases its dramatic value precisely because it takes a very run-of-the-mill danger, not really appreciated by the public, who ignore that even the cleanest cities in the world have a rate of from six to ten rats per human inhabitant (and really dirty ones, can boast up to a hundred rats per human). The action is placed in Frankfort, where a strike of garbage men and an unusually hot spell result in a massive infestation of the city, overrun by famished, vicious and aggressive rodents. Very much worth seeing, with a good couple of leads played by Ralph Herforth and Ann Cathrin Buhtz. It had to be made in the country of the original Pied Piper of Hamelin...
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