Robert Schwentke's dark and atmospheric thriller centres on fledgling cop Marc Schrader (August Diehl), who goes to an illegal rave carrying drugs one night. When the police raid, instead of just dumping his gear on the floor, he tries to slip away, but brooding veteran cop Detective Minks (Christian Redl) is already on to him. He catches up with Marc and faces him down with an ultimatum - join forces or be kicked out of the force. Marc takes the first option, and Marc finds himself squirming under his thumb as the pair unite. Their mission? To track down Micks' missing daughter, as well as trailing a dangerous serial killer who is collecting the tattooed skins of his victims. If ever there was a reason not to have a tattoo, here it is folks. What unravels before them, is a blood-spattered romp through seamy tattoo parlours, public conveniences, sewers and twilight underworld of Germany, with meticulous cinematography in the vein of Se7en and Blade Runner. Actually, the dynamics of this movie are so reminiscent of Se7en, perhaps it should have been called Ei8ht? That's not the criticism it might seem however, as I actually preferred this grittier crime-noir. Tattoo's stylishly seedy visuals punctuated by grisly discoveries certainly make for absorbing, and at times visceral viewing. Like a tattooist's needle, Tattoo will not only get under your skin - but also leave an indelible mark. This Tartan Video release is presented in Widescreen, with an exclusive interview with Schwentke among the extras. German with English subtitles.