Laywer David Bottcher, (Christian Berkel) after a year long absence has been hired by a new firm, to act as its liquidator, as the company is deemed unprofitable. After being out of work a ...
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Laywer David Bottcher, (Christian Berkel) after a year long absence has been hired by a new firm, to act as its liquidator, as the company is deemed unprofitable. After being out of work a year himself, this is not something he takes lightly, and doesn't particularly relish it. Written by
"The Last Employee" is a movie directed and written by Alexander Adolph. If you are a bit familiar with German cinema, you may have heard of "Der König von St. Pauli" from back in the 1990s. Adolph wrote the script for that and also worked on several "Tatort" episodes. The lead actor here is Christian Berkel, a successful German actor who acted in several movies that were also successful abroad and also stars in a critically lauded TV show named "Der Kriminalist".
Here, he is also involved in a case of crime (or not?). It is actually a suicide. Berkel plays a man who is instructed to fire people as the real bosses do not possess the courage. He had some psychological problems in the past and as the film goes on these come back to surface. In the end, he has completely descended into insanity and is about to lose everything, his family and his life. I really did not like the sound work here. Sometimes it's too loud, sometimes not loud enough. Apart from that the films works best as a psychological thriller. Every time it tries to be a kind of horror movie, it does not really work out. Also the audience has difficulties to see what is really happening and what is only happening in the mind of the protagonist.
This movie is like a much darker version of "Up in the Air". I'm not sure if this was inspired, but I saw some parallels, especially the profession of course. And finally some random side-notes. The boy in this movie looks like the boy from Alf, Brian Tanner. Berkel's makeup near the end is really scary, almost too intense already. People keep ramming their heads against heavy things in this film. I was underwhelmed watching this. Not recommended.
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