When Frank offers Andreas a ride into Berlin out of courtesy he is certainly not aware that this decision will end up in a violent road trip for life and death.
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May 25, 2018 at 01:06 PM
Gets it point across...
Not until the end does it all come together but gripping throughout. keeps your attention. A tiny bit longer than it needs to be but it gets its point across. Wonderfully acted and great cinematography. It's not perfect but in my mind rates a solid 7.
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Sadly, this was just mediocre at best
"Berlin Falling" is a pretty new German thriller film from 2017 that is a rare effort as director for prolific actor Ken Duken and he is also part of the writing staff, 3 people actually, and neither of them has written another full feature film before that. It runs for slightly under 1.5 hours and has big players Sky and Warner Bros. attached to it. Duken also acts in here in what is basically a 2-man show from start to finish as we have one character being kidnapped by the other. The co-lead is played by Tom Wlaschiha, who will probably be appreciated especially by Game of Thrones fan here. I am not one of them though and still I feel Wlaschiha was more successful and also more effortless in his approach to the role. But overall, it wasn't a good watch. Given the interesting scenarion, it was surprisingly ineffective with its atmospheric approach. The scenes in the car with the claustrophobia element to them where still among the better components the film had to offer and even these were executed shoddily at times in terms of the script. For a rookie effort, Duken's direction was fine I guess. All the scenes outside the car were fairly disappointing, especially those linked to terrorism or religion. This was one plot point that never really worked for me and honestly I never felt as much for the victim, let alone his daughter as I wanted to. It should have been a far better film in terms of the emotional component. Even better scenes outside the car, like the one early on with the police officers, felt like they could/should have been way better and could have been truly memorable if written with more attention to detail. But it just shouldn't be I guess and the consequence is this film that certainly gets worse the longer it goes, so I am somewhat glad it is not a 110-minute film. Early on, it still has its flaws, but also positive aspects that had me wonder if I should perhaps give it a positive recommendation. But this decision was taken from me by the deterioration here. Then again, I may be a bit biased as I have never been a great Ken Duken film. I just hope that if he keeps making films as the man in charge of the entire project that this film helped him in finding his touch. I cannot agree with the imdb rating here and give this one a thumbs-down. Never as gripping or tense or edge-of-seat material as it should have been. Watch something else instead.