Tattoo (I) (2002)

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Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Schoubya
Fatih Cevikkollu ...
Monica Bleibtreu ...
Kommissarin Roth
Ilknur Bahadir ...
Joe Bausch ...
Jasmin Schwiers ...
Marie Minks
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Ingo Naujoks ...
Stefan Kreiner
Reinhardt Firchow ...
Polizeipräsident (as Reinhart Firchow)
Wanda Perdelwitz ...
Sybille J. Schedwill ...
Petra (as Sibylle Schedwill)


Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.

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The character of Schrader is named for writer-director Paul Schrader, who Robert Schwentke, the director of this film, admires. See more »


When Marc chases the suspect, who just heard a message on the walkie-talkie and saw him on the balcony, in one shot you can see Marc just turning left the corner and in the subsequent shot he's turning right the same looking corner. See more »


References Se7en (1995) See more »

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Slick, darkly photogenic but empty thriller
4 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched Tattoo expecting a dark, clever European variant on the clichéd serial killer based plots of Hollywood. Though this is nowhere near as awful and obnoxious as American efforts like Twisted, or Taking Lives it is a flawed confection. The film is most enjoyable stylistically. Director Robert Schwentke emphasises visuals and mood over anything else and the result is a flashy, bleakly attractive film with some memorable imagery, most notably a beautiful scene of a tattoo revealed in the rain. There's some grisly gore in the film as well, giving a clutch of arresting moments. The big problems are in the plotting and characterisation. August Diehl and Christian Redl fill out the rookie and troubled veteran roles well, but there is nothing surprising about them, and the film sidelines all characterisation so they seem merely cogs in the machine of the plotting. The plotting is flawed by a mixture of contrivance and predictability, contrivance in that the characters abilities in detection range from almost supernatural in the first half of the film to really inept in the second half so that they can fall prey to the twists of the story. Though the odd curveball is skillfully thrown it is pretty simple figuring out what the score is before the characters do. Still, its all quite watchable and worthwhile at least once. With some great imagery and a well sustained bleak, doom laden feel as well as the odd gruesome jolt, this should provide at the very least some mindless entertainment. Mildly recommended, if this sort of thing grabs you.

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