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Stratos (2014)

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By night, Stratos works in a bread factory but by day, he's a professional hit man. He needs the cash to free Leonidas from prison because the latter once saved his life when he was behind ... See full summary »

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Stratos
Petros Zervos ...
Makis
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Vicky
Yannis Tsortekis ...
Yorgos
Giorgos Giannopoulos ...
Petropoulos
Yannis Anastasakis ...
Stratos' Boss
Polina Dellatola ...
Katerina
Yannis Voulgarakis ...
Johnny
Sonja Theodoridou ...
Jenny Petropulos (as Sonia Theodoridou)
Popi Tsapanidou ...
Maria
Alekos Pangalos ...
Leonidas
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Bakey Boss
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Woman in Cemetery
Omiros Poulakis ...
Young Lawyer
Giorgos Biniaris ...
Katerina's Grandfather
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By night, Stratos works in a bread factory but by day, he's a professional hit man. He needs the cash to free Leonidas from prison because the latter once saved his life when he was behind bars. For Stratos, this is simply a question of honour. We've no idea how many people he's already killed, but we do notice that he still has a conscience. He attentively looks after a neighbour's child, eight-year-old Katharina, as well as her mother and an uncle. At last he has enough money for the prison break-out. But Leonidas is lured into a bloody trap, by his brother of all people, who disappears with the money. At the same time Stratos learns that little Katharina is in danger - both psychologically and physically. He must act, even if this means following one wrongdoing with another. Written by lletaif

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What fish are you?
2 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you lived a criminal life, it won't be easy to just step out of it. We know that cliché, even if we never actually had anything to do with criminal life itself. And even (or even more so) in a financially unstable country as Greek, there is always some interests to gain and money to launder.

This does concentrate on a small fish (hence the title) trying to survive in the pond (to make the picture complete). It is understated and sort of mellow. But not mellow when it comes to the language. There is a lot of swearing going on and a lot of repetition. To a point where it gets annoying. It might be the world our character is living at, but the apathy is not appealing nor does it really enhance the viewing experience.

Having said that, the movie is also violent and does quite a few things right. You do know where this is going (paying respect to some great movies, especially with that ending), but never achieving the greatness it set out to. A decent effort that clogs itself up, hindering it to really achieve its full potential


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