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The Fourth State (2012)
"Die vierte Macht" (original title)

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A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.

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Yevgeni Sitokhin ...
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Reiner Schöne ...
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A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.

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Dennis Gansel:  [Suicide]  See more »

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Katja: He died because he fought for justice. That's what this is about. Not what parties he went to.
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To Maja Il Vina
Written by Sebastian Schubert, David Saam, Ilya Khenkin, Stefan Schalanda & Norbert Weinhold
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"Your bird can't sing anymore"
2 October 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Dennis Gansel has become one of my favorite directors, giving us multi layered masterpieces like Die Welle(The Wave) and Wir Sind Die Nach(We are the Night). Die Vierte Macht or The Fourth State disappoints a bit, but is far from a bad film.

Paul(Moritz Bleibtreu) gets a job on a Russian paper where his late father worked. The two where not on the best of terms by the time of his death. Paul and the young photographer Dima(Max Riemelt) goes around and attends shallow parities in the obliviously globalised Moscow(in a interesting wink to the club-scene in Wir sind die nacht). Paul soon meets with the radical reporter Katja(Kasia Smutniak) and the two soon fall in love. Dima warns Paul not to have longer relationships with Russian women(strange as he is Russian himself...), and soon Paul is framed for a terror bombing.

The acting and writing was pretty good. The relationship between Paul and Katja feel genuine, an improvement over the not so well fleshed out relationship in Wir Sind Die Nacht. On the other hand the acting and writing is not as good as in Die Welle and Wir Sind Die Nacht, Gansel has a lot of good ideas going on but I think he needs a co-writer who can help him write. That said some of the characters are really well fleshed out.

Mark Ivanir(who looks like he is Peter Stormare's brother) as Alsan, a Chechen terrorist, steals the show completely and is by far the most interesting character. Rade Serbedzija also gets some interesting stuff to say at the end.

The cinematography is a bit bland and seems to have been color corrected a bit to much but the music is pretty good. There is some interesting visuals like the contrast between the modern, globalised club and the small, traditional Russian bar.

The story seems very realistic, it is much like all the news we get from Russia these days. The plot seems all to plausible.

In the end, I think people should see Die Vierte Macht if they get the chance but Gansel can do better than this.


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