A troubled veteran from the war in Afghanistan works to protect an orphaned teenager who witnessed a murder from the killer's henchmen.

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Gode Benedix ...
Krankenpfleger
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Rudi
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Karl Falkner
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Leo's Frau
Nicolais Borger ...
Falkners Tochter 2
Vanessa Bühler ...
Angestellte Supermarkt
Nina Eichinger ...
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Matthias Fornoff ...
Nachrichtensprecher ZDF
Wanja Götz ...
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Marcel Graf ...
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Matthias Günther ...
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Carsten Hädler ...
TV Reporter N24
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A troubled veteran from the war in Afghanistan works to protect an orphaned teenager who witnessed a murder from the killer's henchmen.

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27 September 2012 (Germany)  »

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€7,500,000 (estimated)
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Whenever a police siren is heard, it sounds like an American-style siren. However, this kind of siren is used nowhere in Germany. See more »

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Hollywoodesque action made in Germany
30 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

If I didn't have to travel an hour across a border to see this film and then another hour back, I'd go and see it a second time. I really liked it - and there were not many films I went to see twice in a cinema. The only one I recall was one I've seen 11 years ago.

Despite a fairly predictable story and a load of stereotypical stuff you'll see in every other made-in-US movie, it still has o lot to offer and will keep your attention every second of it's length. Realistic characters with nicely presented relationships make the film very emotional, so that some people will even cry. The characters are very likable, their feelings are moving, it recognizes other psychological problems for ex-soldiers than just drinking alcohol. The film is not overloaded with breathtaking CGI, explosions and non-stop brainless action, yet it doesn't get boring at any point. Schweiger invested considerable time and effort in training with weapons under the supervision of professionals, firing thousands of shots. Because of this, you will not see any ridiculous stunts, magazines are reloaded as they should be and there are no stupid dialogs about who is about to die and how. The are also no fill-ins in form of uselessly repeated scenes typical for some low-cost films. The film flows at a more or less constant speed, action scenes changing with non-action dialogs in smaller portions and delivers good value entertainment.

Also, luckily, the typically German personality apparently went on vacation. Maybe it was intentional - to make it more likable in the rest of the world, or because the story was partially written by non-German authors. Whatever. I mean - let's face it: who'd want to watch a 135 minute film loaded with poker-faced old know-better geezers. I thought it deserves a 6, but I so long to see it again, that I guess it should have a 7 for that ...or perhaps an 8?


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