Zurich drug agent Herbert Strähl dreams of making a big catch. Yet the only fish he manages to catch is the piranha in the aquarium tank he has at home. He laboriously persists in grappling...
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Zurich drug agent Herbert Strähl dreams of making a big catch. Yet the only fish he manages to catch is the piranha in the aquarium tank he has at home. He laboriously persists in grappling with small-time dealers and junkies while being left in the lurch again and again by his colleagues Ruedi, Dani and Marco. Strähl hides his loneliness and his yearning for love behind fits of rage, amphetamines and yelling until his choleric temperament finally becomes his undoing: as he's conducting a house search, a junkie jumps out of the window. Strähl is suspended. And that's just the start of his problems. Suddenly Strähl finds himself at the mercy of two junkies: the soccer fanatic René and his girlfriend Carol could exonerate him with their testimony. Strähl's attempts to persuade them fail in face of Carol's stubbornness. In desperation, he ends up raiding the small-time dealer Beko and stealing from his stash of heroin to get René and Carol to relent. This sets off a chain of events that ...
Action-packed cop movies are fun in any language, and German is no exception. In fact, the language lends itself quite well to a Dirty Harry-style Swiss narc who likes to stomp ass first and ask questions later. Strahl is an obsessive, angry cop who actually gives a damn about his job. His violent temper and obsession with busting an Armenian drug trafficker get him mixed up in the Zurich underworld deeper than he intended. This familiar and beloved cop-movie plot works great in the able hands of first-time director Manuel Flurin Hendry. (This film was actually his senior project for film school.) The action is fast-paced and fun, and acting kudos go out to Roeland Wiesnekker, who plays Strahl. If this is what director Hendry did in film school, I'll be looking to see what he does after graduation. 4 out of 5.
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