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Islamic terrorists hijack an airplane with 164 passengers, planing to steer it into a football arena filled with 70 000 people. Major Lars Koch decides against the orders of his superiors and the laws of his country to shoot the airplane which leads to the death of all passengers. Now he is charged for murdering 164 people and the audience takes the role of the jury, deciding the difficult legal and moral question whether it can be considered a crime to kill reletively less innocent but moribund people in order to save tens of thousands. Written by
"Terror" is a German 90-minute movie from this year (2016). It was made by writer and director Lars Kraume together with Oliver Berben and Ferdinand von Schirach, so if you know a bit about German film, you will recognize immediately how prestigious this project is. As a consequence, the cast here includes really many stars from German films these days. The main character is played by Florian David Fitz, for the other ones just check the cast list. One of them is Burghart Klaußner with whom Kraume worked on his very successful previous project too. The story is pretty simple. We are told we are jury members during a session of court proceedings when a man is accused of having murdered over 100 people. These people were inside a plane hijacked by terrorists and he shot the plane against the instruction of his superior because the plane was approaching the football stadium in Munich where a much bigger tragedy was about to happen. We find out about the circumstances of what happened in detail during these 1.5 hours. If you have seen Reinhard Hauff's "Stammheim - Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht" from the 1980s, you basically know what to expect. Of course, the terrorism parallel is only very vaguely similar, but both films take place 100% at court, even if this new film is entirely fictitious and the one I previously mentioned a re-enactment. This new film here reminded me a bit of a more pompous version of the old television courtroom shows here in Germany, such as "Streit um Drei", where audiences' opinions also played a major role, even if they had no impact on the actual judgment like they do here. Eventually, you have to decide yourself if you are interested enough in the subject to check this film out. I would say for me it was a rewarding watch. There was a great moment here and there and also a weak moment here and there, but the majority of scenes were fairly well-done and interesting. I myself recommend the watch and this film shows that small screen entertainment is not far behind the big screen right now looking at all the big names in here, not only in the United States, but also here in Germany. Go see "Terror", you will most likely not be disappointed.
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