Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this ... See full summary »
Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him. He associates a brutal ... See full summary »
Christian von Aster,
Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »
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Vicco von Bülow,
Vicco von Bülow,
Jiney is a talented student of Arts with a trauma in her childhood and lack of communication with her mother, and excellent photographer that is not satisfied with her awarded works. When ... See full summary »
13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
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 »
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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