Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school teacher uses his expertise to secretly provide for his family by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.
This episode of "TATORT" was great. It was packed with action and the storyline was appropriate (if you have too much story the action feels out of place - too little of a story or a stupid story and the movie will feel like its only purpose is the action). The characters were well cast and Til Schweiger is...well...Til Schweiger. You get what you expect and that is not bad at all.
German audience is not easy to please. If you are to much yourself they cry about that and if you try to vary your play than they complain about that, too. You will not get it right - no matter what you do.
The creators went the way to not only let Schweiger play himself but also to incorporate some of the beloved/hated traits of his in a self-ironic way.
Example: Schweiger is famous for having somewhat of a nasal voice and for mumbling. In one scene he says his name and being asked again he repeats saying "...sorry...I mumble somewhat..." I enjoyed that quite a lot.
The action was well produced and with all the European touch you thought you were watching TAKEN 3 - which is no disrespect at all - it's a compliment.
A lot of people say that the action-packed TATORT episode was out of place, but in my opinion it fits perfectly (these people seem to forget the SCHIMANSKI Tatorts which didn't have less action.
TATORT lives from diversity. Every major German city has a TATORT team and on that basis you can create wonderful TV-experiments alongside the normal WHODUNITS - and TATORTS with more action than usual including a somewhat roughneck character were missing since the departure of Schimanski who was similar but with different traits and a different setting.
I only have one point of criticism: Where was the final confrontation? The bad guy had a great presence on screen - he seemed to be the perfect bad guy incorporating intelligence and physical strength. Schweiger's character and the bad guy shared a similar background as the baddie was his ex-partner gone rogue. A physical one-on-one fight between the two would not only have been a fitting high-mark in all the presented action but also (script-wise) the solution of a conflict.
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