Anatomy 2000

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Ambitious medical student Paula is accepted into a top anatomy class taught by a prestigious professor. But she is horrified to discover that several classmates have died in suspicious circumstances. Soon she discovers a secret society of students who perform autopsies on live specimens. Will she be next?

Starring:
Benno Furmann, Anna Loos
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Anatomy

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, International, Horror
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring Benno Furmann, Anna Loos
Supporting actors Franka Potente
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "grendalpr" on 17 April 2001
Format: DVD
Ignore your hatred of subtitles... I saw this film at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year and I have been ranting about it ever since. A non-Hollywood horror film made with high production values (it does not look cheap, some of the effects are so fantastic that no matter how much you want to look away you will have to stare straight at them) and with more gore than your average Scream sequel, this is the kind of film you stumble across by accident and then end up slamming it right into your top ten. Get thee to a DVD supplier and prepare yourself for European horror the likes of which you have never seen before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Anatomy has a lot of good things to offers viewers: it's a horror film featuring red-hot German actress Franka Potente of Run, Lola, Run fame, and it quite ably delivers the goods. While not as groundbreaking as Run, Lola, Run, Potente's cinematic journey into the darker side of humanity is well-plotted and beautifully shot. Still being somewhat new to foreign films, I always find it fascinating to see how a foreign director molds and shapes a story. The look and feel of Anatomy is well-nigh perfect, and only a few minor issues with the plot and characterization keep it from earning five stars in my book. If you only familiarize yourself with one German actress, Potente is definitely the number one choice; she may be young, but she is a wonderfully developed actress who, I am sure, could carry the burden of a bad movie quite far on her own. Such an effort on her part is not needed in Anatomy, though, as this movie is quite good from start to finish, even turning out to be far less predictable than I was expecting.
Franka Potente plays Paula Henning, a young doctor-to-be who earns the right to study at a highly respected medical school in Heidelberg, the very school her proud, aging grandfather taught at years ago. She wants only to study and learn, but she ends up living with a fellow student from Munich named Gretchen (Anna Loos), who is quite a character in and of herself, and taking up with a strange fellow student named Caspar (Sebastian Blomberg) . The new students get an electrifying introduction to life at Heidelberg and soon begin their studies. When a young man whose life Paula had saved just days earlier turns up in the form of a cadaver on her lab table, she begins to grow uneasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 16 Oct 2010
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Paula Henning(Franka Potente), a brilliant medical student, gets a place on the distinguished Anatomy course at Heidelberg Medical School. She is following in her Grandfather's footsteps, as he too was a brilliant surgeon. She is joined by Gretchen(Anna Loos) another medical student, who likes to play as hard as she studies. One the train to Heidelberg, Paula saves the life of a young man called David, who suffers from a rare form of cardiomyopathy. David informs them that he is seeing a specialist in Heidelberg. So it's rather a shock to find the same young man lying on the dissection table in their first anatomy class. Paula starts to dig deeper into the causes of David's death, and is alarmed to find a banned substance in David's blood as well as a symbol carved into his leg, a symbol representing the Anti-Hippocratic Lodge, a supposedly outlawed organisation. The more secrets Paula unearths, the darker the mystery becomes. Just how far back does the dark side of Heidelberg Medical school go, after all Paula's own Grandfather was the Dean at the very same Medical School at the end of the Second World War...
This superb German horror medical horror thriller is a masterclass in suspense and sustained tension. It evokes some of Hitchcock's best work, even paying homage to a famous scene in 'Frenzy' where the necktie murderer Rusk has great trouble prising a tiepin from a corpses hand. Here, our murderer frantically tries to dispose of a corpse before the cleaners gain access to the mortuary. It ends with a severed head in an Aldi bag! Although there are moments of dark humour, the film is played for the most part dead straight. This is vital to it's success, as to lighten the mood would have diluted the tension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bolder on 22 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Watched it in the past, and bought it recently. Still a great thriller. Germans can make good movies, this one shows it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crimecatuk on 1 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
"Anatomy" turns out to be a surprinsingly decent little horror film, especially as German Cinema has only recently branched out into this genre again. Though one of the very first home-grown gore thrillers, "Anatomie" is not in the least selfconscious and begs, borrows and steals from the best, albeit giving it an distinctly German twist. Yes, the story is predictable, but aren't they all - and it would be a little less predictable if Amazon's own review didn't give away practically all plot elements apart from the killers name. Still, it is a good chiller, in its own way, with some exquisitely gory moments, although not as many and not quite as gory as we are used to from the recent spate of blood drenched slashers, but then again, "Anatomy" was originally released in 2000 and sees itself more in the "Scream" tradition than as a precursor of "Saw".

The picture and sound quality of this DVD release is first class, at least in the German version. The English version has a slightly less balanced sound mix but suffers far more from some rather weird dialogue changes and, of course, the seemingly inevitable never-matching lip movements. The English subtitles on the other hand are a true translation of the original dialogue, so go for German audio and English subtitles, if possible. There are also the usual extras: Trailers, featurettes, a music video, some deleted scenes and a moderately interesting commentary by writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky.
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