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|Genre:||Drama, Horror, Mystery|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 90 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Two years ago, the world was hit by a zombie epidemic. In Germany, only Weimar and Jena managed to avert the downfall. Thanks to a large protective fence, the zombies have so far spared the two cities. 22-year-old Vivi (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) is struggling with her life in Weimar. Together with the tough Eva (Maja teacher) the young woman finds herself one day in the dangerous no man's land between the two cities. Now they have to fight their way through the apocalyptic landscape together and assert themselves against the zombies, hoping to make it as far as Jena. But the way there is long and holds deadly dangers as well as some unexpected surprises…
Director Carolina Hellsgård presents her second feature film "Endzeit". Weimar author Olivia Vieweg, on whose graphic novel of the same name the film is based, also contributed the screenplay version of her story. Gro Swantje Kohlhof and Maja Lehrer are a convincing duo of actresses - all in all pure female power. This is rather unusual in the zombie genre - and the fact that the whole thing also comes from Germany makes it even more special. Especially at the beginning Hellsgård succeeds very well in creating a dystopic atmosphere that can easily compete with the big competition from Hollywood. Also some interesting questions are illuminated here, which let hope for a very special zombie flick.
Levely the film goes a little too unusual ways and degenerates into a fantasy parable about the relationship between humans and nature. Especially the mysterious character, played by Trine Dyrholm, seems a bit strange in terms of make-up. What the story wants to say here is interesting, but the realization cannot completely escape an involuntary comedy. Good intentions meet here with a very trashy implementation, which culminates in a finale that somewhere balances between too conventional and too kitschy.
After a promising start, "Endzeit" unfortunately does not succeed in convincingly expanding the good ideas. The mystical, imaginative path that the story takes at some point takes the fresh wind, which determines the events at the beginning, out of the sails of the film again. Therefore, the bottom line is that there is only one thing to be said: Worth seeing!
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