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Schutzengel (2012)

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


Til Schweiger


Stephen Butchard (screenplay), Paul Maurice (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Numan Acar ... TV Reporter Türkei
Volker Albers Volker Albers ... TV Reporter RTL
Loyd Bateman ... Shooter 12
Gode Benedix Gode Benedix ... Krankenpfleger
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Rudi
Rainer Bock ... Karl Falkner
Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen ... Leo's Frau
Nicolais Borger Nicolais Borger ... Falkners Tochter 2
Vanessa Bühler Vanessa Bühler ... Angestellte Supermarkt
Nina Eichinger Nina Eichinger ... TV Reporterin N-TV
Matthias Fornoff Matthias Fornoff ... Nachrichtensprecher ZDF
Wanja Götz ... Shooter 10
Marcel Graf Marcel Graf ... Shooter 13
Matthias Günther Matthias Günther ... Shooter 6
Carsten Hädler Carsten Hädler ... TV Reporter N24


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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He knows what he's doing
30 September 2012 | by dschlatterSee all my reviews

The man (Schweiger) does good work. I would describe it as an action thriller with some typical schweiger-ish sweetness added. The audience gets both impressive action and quiet scenes that change the pace of the movie. I think the mix works. The story is pretty simple and we never have to guess who the villain is. (Much like a Luc Besson movie. Black and white.) This is what I liked about the movie:

One. The cinematography is just beautiful. Carefully filmed scenes with strong (for lack of a better word:) audio effects. Well, it sounds great when people shoot. You'll notice.

Two. The heroes and villains reload their guns and the hero doesn't hit every target with every shot. A trivial detail? Not for me. I hate it when people fire 30 shots with a 15-round clip. Or if their shotguns magically fire 16 times. Thank you Til Schweiger for taking the time to reload! You are one of the few.

Three. The action doesn't try to come off as super cool. We don't see any of that stupid rolling-on-the-floor-while-shooting, jumping-behind-a-couch-in-slow-motion-for-effect, cheesy one-liners, showy re-loadings, bourne-identity-grade-fighting-scenes (everybody is a black belt these days) or cars-exploding-(for no reason)-after-being-shot-at!

Do you know what I mean? 8 is maybe too generous, but a 6 would be too low. Watch it and decide for yourself.

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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (Germany) See more »

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EUR7,500,000 (estimated)

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