Katja's (Diane Kruger), life is torn apart when her husband and young son are suddenly killed in a bomb attack. A police investigation point to a pair of young neo-Nazis as the key suspects, but a lack of evidence fails to fully incriminate them, Katja is forced to take matters into her own hands and her hunt for justice begins to take increasingly dangerous and unexpected turns.
This is a gripping film that gets off to a quick start and builds in intensity, Diane Kruger's performance is first rate. The story is entirely believable which will not sit well with everyone, and, some will find the subject matter not exactly entertaining. However, it does reflect the times we live in and in our view is well worth a watch.
Diane Kruger's performance is amazing, and the story is compelling right from the start, although the courtroom drama is rather truncated and less plausible. The conclusion of the film is particularly harrowing. In essence the story is wholly plausible, although the first half is more credible than the latter half of the film.
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A finale that's conclusive, clear & has "no-loose-ends". (Makes a change)!
- In the Fade review by DW
With some solid acting & a sectioned, sequential story line (no flashbacks, bloody or otherwise) this is a fine World Cinema watch albeit with a soft-propaganda message (clarified over the closing credits, in case we missed it).
I think I know how the British justice system works but I was fascinated to watch the section of this film devoted to German courtroom procedures which were the most enjoyable bits for me, quite an eye-opener. A few of the "you don't want to miss a word" courtroom speeches were both longish & fast & I felt the otherwise excellent sub-title function couldn't keep up; just me being picky, I suppose. See what you think.
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Unexceptional drama bellyflops at the end.
- In the Fade review by fm
A very orthodox piece of filmmaking. A simple tale of a woman's tragedy told in orthodox sequential narrative. The disaster which the heroine experiences produces the best scenes in the film : her suffering at the central act of terrorism is beautifully realised by actress and director. But we then get a weak courtroom drama followed by an increasingly silly resolution.One to watch when in the gym perhaps, but no better.