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Planet der Kannibalen (2001)

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A futuristic television station sets out to hire newly arrived alien cannibals for a game show.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minh-Khai Phan-Thi ...
Emma Trost
Adam Singer
Vadim Glowna ...
Kannibale Oskar Wagenknecht
Barbara Auer ...
Heike Hasselhoff
Heikko Deutschmann ...
Hanno Jungbluth
Nina Petri ...
Vera Frostenthal
Matthias Fuchs ...
Peter Fitz ...
Professor Dr. Dr. Best
Udo Schenk ...
Lutz Herkenrath ...
Prof. Ostheim
Hannes Hellmann
Patricia Thielemann
Horst Tomayer ...
Mr. Dark
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Mirko Nebel


In 2020, Germany is a police state. Two rival TV companies, Alphaplus and Eurolux, are battling each other in the ratings. The Government announces that shortly only one of them will be allowed to continue, so each station will do almost anything to beat the other. Eurolux's most popular show is "Cannibal Talk" in which a Hannibal Lecter-like serial killer gives advice to phone in viewers. Emma Trost works for Alphaplus and her boss Professor Dr. Best tells her that he has information that aliens not only exist, but live among humans unnoticed. He asks her to track them down so that Alphaplus can find a sure fire way of winning the ratings war. Before Emma can get over the shock of this request Best is assassinated and she is framed for his murder. On the run, she must try and clear here name, and increasingly believes that contacting the aliens is her only hope. Written by Infofreak

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Planet of the Cannibals  »

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Alien masters bide their time....
22 May 2007 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

The aliens are here. But, you knew that. No, no...not the ones cleaning your toilets and tending your kids. No, these are the people whose spaceship crash landed on Earth back on January 8, 1995, the same day and year, Emma Trost was born on the northeast German island of Ruegen. The aliens came from somewhere, far, far away. It's a place which has different rules about killing sentient beings than ours. Or does it? These aliens look exactly like humans. They can change into any human shape they like, at any time they like. Such power! This makes it hard to notice just who is and who isn't an alien. Do you have that problem? I mean with people. Can you tell who is and who isn't an alien by looking at them? Anyway, the aliens are far more intelligent than the humans; heck, they even speak fluent German. But, there aren't many of them--a small crew, that's all. They're "lost in space" so to speak...stranded on Earth.

What do the aliens want? They say, they want to get off this "miserable little planet" and go home. E.T's they are not. They're too far away from home to phone. However, they do understand how the spectacle keeps humans enthralled and so they decide that they should take charge of human events as long as they're stuck on Earth by taking over the media. By the time 2020 rolls around there are only two media giants left in the marketplace of ideas and the aliens essentially control both and with them, they've got the human race either working along like apolitical automatons or actively engaged as masochistic, passive-aggressive followers who wait with baited breath for the next vicarious event in their lives, the weekly episode of "Cannibal talk", a listener call-in show which caters to those in need of a large, shocking dose authoritarian decision making in their lives. "What do I do about a husband who is cheating?" one listener asks Oskar Wagenknecht (the purported cannibal). Oskar's advice is to invite the woman to come to the forest where he will meet her and kill her because she is worthless, fat and....well, you get the picture. Actually, Oscar uses the German word for a non-human animal to eat, "fressen" as opposed to the human eating, "essen", when he speaks of the harm he will do to his callers, when and if he meets them. And his callers are thrilled! The, by now totally dictatorial government, can tell by the TV ratings. When another caller tells Oscar about having fallen on hard times after losing his job and about his rotten supervisor, our beloved cannibal star advises him to get a gun and to go out and kill people.

"Planet of the Cannibals" is shot in black and white. It's part spoof, part black humour all wrapped in an easy to follow dialogue. The Vietnamese born Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, plays Emma Trost. She's sexy and sly and the star of the film, although, she is sometimes stiff with her lines. Florian Lukas plays the human, all too human Adam Singer, her partner in crimes against the State. Together, they forge an alliance which may or may not lead to a film sequel. I wish it would, for I found these cigarette rebels quite appealing, if a bit absurd. Barbara Auer as Oscar's keeper and love interest, Heike Hasselhoff, plays leather-Queen to the tee. Vadim Glowna as the alien from planet cannibal, Oskar Wagenknecht is superb, especially at stealing hearts from the heartless.

See "Planet of the Cannibals", if you've got an hour and a half to laze about on rainy afternoon. It will stimulate your realization that all States are dictatorships to one degree or another.

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