Exhilarating and astonishingly ambitious, "Victoria" is an adrenaline-fuelled heist thriller set on the streets of nighttime Berlin that features the staggering technical feat of being shot in a single, unbroken take. Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Sonne and his friends are Berliners who promise to show her the real side of the city. But when the group are suddenly forced to repay a debt to a member of the city's criminal underworld, the night quickly spirals out of control.
AMATEURISH SINGLE-SHOT BORE
- Victoria review by Alphaville
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Well, it's a cheap and fast way of making a film. Shoot two hours of footage in a single handheld take and don't edit it. Sure, it's a technical tour de force. So what? Improvisation rarely works with actors and even more rarely with the camera. For half an hour Victoria wanders the streets of Berlin with a bunch of losers. Yawn, yawn. Best of luck sticking with it this far before any plot sets in. It's impossible to care about any of the characters, even the photogenic but gullible and irritatingly stupid Victoria.
After a whole hour she joins the losers in a heist Some frenetic home-movie wobble-cam (the worst since Blair Witch) is used to mimic tension but this only increases the arbitrariness of the image and makes the screen even harder to watch. Call it cinema verite, call it guerrilla filmmaking, it's still like watching the home movie of someone who can't hold a camera steady. And there's still another hour to sit through. All-in-all, 132 minutes you'll never get back.
Ignore the unaccountably good reviews this style-free so-called film somehow garnered. Some critics would probably see the emperor's clothes. It is simply one terrible home movie, like a talentless version of Run Lola Run. Watch that again instead.
Shot in one take. 4 of the 5 reviews mention this. It seems to be the only thing anyone knows. It's an outstanding technical achievement (this isn't a film set in one place, it moves location constantly, and the camera has to move with it), but it's also a great decision as it helps drive the film forward, and to lock my attention in. There are, unquestionably, one or two points where the decisions Victoria makes are odd (particularly early on) and I knocked a star off for that.
Alphaville mentioned Run Lola Run - also a really good film, and with undoubted similarities. Watch both.
I found this hard to watch - hard to keep engaged in. The male characters are so unattractive! But having stuck with it - it does resolve in an satisfying and interesting way. Also everything was so dark and the broken English very...........
I would have to say, that I think the other written reviews of the film aren't entirely fair. Sure, there are moments when you doubt the main protagonists would actually do what they are doing. But the film is very intense. Whether or not the one take shooting benefits the film is one thing, it's surely a great achievement though.
Will make you want to go to Berlin if you haven't. In fairness, I would agree by the end you are almost relieved that it is over. But I don't think all films should should make comfortable watching.
Too long and not very interesting
- Victoria review by RT
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The main problem with Victoria is that like Birdman before it the whole idea of a "single continuous take" film just doesn't work because it feels like it is just going on and on with no pause for breath and no chance to build any decent characterisation other than what you get blasted at you non-stop so the whole thing just grinds you down until you start wishing it was just over because you don't care about anyone in it or what happens to them.