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The Fourth State [DVD]

Moritz Bleibtreu , Dennis Gansel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Directors: Dennis Gansel
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4F8K52
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hot-shot young editor, Paul Jensen, needs a fresh start. So, when Onegin - an old friend of his deceased father's - invites him to shake up the society pages of top Russian magazine 'Moscow Match', Paul leaves behind the relative comforts of Berlin for fame in the Russian capital, quickly making friends and perhaps finding love in the shape of the mysterious and beautiful Katya. But everything changes when Paul witnesses the murder of a fellow journalist and makes the mistake of running a story on it without permission... This seemingly innocent action opens up a Pandora's box of problems. Paul and Katya soon find themselves dragged into a dangerous world of terrorism, espionage and politics that threatens to change - or end - their lives.

The Fourth State contains a range of laudable elements including a strong continental cast, some slick camerawork throughout. (Lead actor) Moritz Bleibtreu is ever-reliable; an effective casting choice - Lost in the Multiplex

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Paul Jensen is a high flyer in the world of celebrity media gossip pages. He has been working in Berlin when he gets asked to come to Moscow to help the image and sales of `Moscow Match'. His father was a big journalist in Russia but has died in a car crash some time ago. He had not got on with his father as he would have liked and so had no idea how well regarded he was in Russia.

On arrival he is taken under the wing of his keen as mustard cameraman, Dima played by Max Riemelt (`Naplola' and `Die Welle' or The Wave). He heads off to cover celeb parties and be part of the `cliterati' and paparazzi that follow around the uber rich self promoters. He also falls for the beautiful and enigmatic Katya (Kasia Smutniak (`From Paris with love'), she is up for change and wants journalism to challenge the corrupt state in all its forms. After a series of seemingly coincidental incidents, Paul suddenly finds that he is wanted by the Secret Service for terrorism and things go very bad very quickly.

There are a lot of issues dealt with here, ostensibly Chechnya and the ongoing situation there and the use of terrorism as a force for change. There is a fair bit of action here but it is all believable, no one suddenly becomes a super hero, everyone still behaves with human frailty. We also have State corruption, oppression and complicity from almost everyone. Moritz Bleibtreu (`Das Experiment' and `The Baader Meinhof Comlex') playing Paul Jensen is excellent as a leading man and the whole supporting cast are well above average. The director Dennis Gansel always casts Max Riemelt is his films and does a cameo in his films too, here he plays a taxi driver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and interesting 28 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For someone who has been there a number of times this was turning the clock back... may not be everyone's taste but well worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nemetskiy 15 Sep 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
An odd mixture of hunted man, Watergate journalism and a mystery. Paul Jensen, played by the rubber-faced Moritz Bleibtreu, is a celebrity journalist hired by Moscow Match. So naturally he gets mixed up in dirty doings concerning the war in Chechnya and various Russian babes (as most celebrity journos would I'm sure). Fitted up by the state he goes into Russian prison (uh-oh)but thanks to a Plot Coincidence survives to wreck merry terror. Plot-wise it got more than a little unrealistic and the end was dreadfully sentimental.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dismal Days in Russia 21 April 2014
Format:DVD
Seen it all before. Absolutely nothing original here. The plot is one long series of coincidences interspersed with old movie clichés. The dialogue is dire. The acting is so poor not one of the characters gains any sympathy; the lead actor in particular thinks his job is simply to pull weird faces. Don't even waste a wet Sunday afternoon on this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Slick Thriller" - Not. 6 Aug 2014
By iggi_1
Format:Blu-ray
A rather obvious storyline with no surprises along the way makes for a dreary trudge to the film's implausible end.
That said, it entertains to a degree, it is better than many, but, nearly at nearly 2 hours it is overlong.
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