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4.0 out of 5 stars German Journalist and Chechnyan terrorism combine in this German Thriller.
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dismal Days in Russia
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.
Published 7 months ago by A. Stratton


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4.0 out of 5 stars German Journalist and Chechnyan terrorism combine in this German Thriller., 29 July 2013
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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. But his main talent is behind the camera and he has made a film that has bits of everything strung together and it all works really well, action, prison, violence, explosions and a man hunt as well as oodles of corruption and a love interest.

It is a German film, but the language is mostly English with some Russian and all the sub titles are really good and it runs for 115 minutes. Filmed in Germany and part of Ukraine so the Moscow shots are not proper location but it had me completely fooled, so it is a well done in the technical spec department too. A very accomplished entreating and rewarding film that I strongly recommend.
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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
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Peter A. Waltham (perth australia) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film., 3 Nov 2014
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I enjoyed this film. It had a good pace to it. There were parts of it that were a bit implausible, but overall I thought it was a good watch. Some subtitles but most in English dialogue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, unrealistic in places, 23 Sep 2013
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There are too many coincidences in this movie to make it realistic, such as the random gunning down of a good man in the street right in front of our lead actor and the fact that the lead actor ends up in the same room in the same jail as our Chechin bad boys.

I also had the funny feeling whilst watching this movie that it comes straight out of the American School of Conspiracy Theories.

All that to one side, the acting is good, the story line reasonable and the location shots great. It is a film to enjoy rather than to absorb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Devestating, 21 Aug 2013
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Dennis Gansel would appear to be a master film-maker and this film lives up to expectations, featuring experienced actors like Moritz Bleibtreu and Stippe Erceg as well as up-and-coming actors like Max Riemelt who, astonishingly, plays a Russian in this dark and rather brutal film that puts Moritz Bleibtreu's character through hell before he is finally vindicated. Well worth seeing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 5 Oct 2013
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Another of those DVDs that look promising but fail to live up to claims on the box. The plot has potential, but the dialogue is stilted and seems to suffer from the fact that most of it is in English, although the principal character is German and the film is set in Moscow. The pace is slow for a 'thriller', and while the prison scenes are more compelling we've already seen Moritz Bleibtreu in jail in 'Das Experiment', which is a much better film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for the story line., 4 Nov 2014
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Not a great film but has a good story line.
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