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|Direction:||Leander Haußmann & Sven Regener|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2012|
|Running time:||Approx. 103 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
"Wat`n dette?", asks the lifeguard (Michael Gwisdek) from Müggelsee when one morning he suddenly has one hand less while bathing. Everything points to the incomprehensible: a shark makes the idyllic lake in Berlin's Friedrichshagen district unsafe. And that just now, when the mayor (Henry Hübchen) just opened the big surf paddle school. There's only one way out: the shark alarm is sounded. But neither the city marketing expert Vera Baum (Anna-Maria Hirsch), nor the fish expert (Tom Schilling) of Humboldt University, nor the policeman Müller (Detlev Buck) know exactly how to deal with this unusual situation for Friedrichshagen. Fortunately there is Snake Müller (Uwe Dag Berlin), a shark hunter who has just returned from Hawaii. Will Snake Müller be able to kill the shark? Will Lake Müggelsee soon become a bathing paradise again and thus flush new money into the coffers of the rich man from Friedrichshagen (Benno Fürmann)? Or is there still a big catastrophe?
All answers to these and other burning questions are answered by Leander Haußmann and Sven Regener in "Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee", the first and so far best contribution of the new cinematic genre of alarm film. It is a completely new art form, to which the viewer will have to get used to first. So there is the danger that there will only be a few people who will be able to grasp this auteur film, which Sven Regener has described as "the ultimate ratio of the cinematic revolution", and that the genius of mixing elements from catastrophe and action film with the classic bureaucracy drama will only be recognized in many years to come.
On the other hand, the film can of course also be judged as follows: in their first joint directorial work, Haußmann and Regener staged an uninhibitedly silly fun film which, with dry puns, all sorts of absurdities and a somewhat trashy touch of staging, actually permits only two reactions: either you roll on the floor, drowned in tears, or you leave the cinema angrily. There's actually nothing in between. To find the movie just quite nice and quite amusing is actually impossible. Either he meets with his very special kind right in the humor center, or completely beside it.
Who grew up with the comedies of Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker ("Die unglaubliche Reise in einem verrückten Flugzeug", "Die nackte Kanone") will feel some influences here as well as from the movies Helge Schneider gave his fans. And here and there even a little Loriot flashes during the dialogues in the best moments. The best thing about this crude mix is that it's obvious to the actors that they didn't make this movie for money, but just for fun. This is not about possible film prizes or highly intellectual art. No, this film was simply made for the pleasure of all involved. And of course this also carries over to the viewer. In a jumble of emotion dramas and clumsy fecal comedies, it's simply refreshing to be allowed to laugh about such a complete nonsense again (in the best sense of the word, of course).
Who likes completely absurd, but mostly wonderfully dry humor, who can also enjoy happy trash and not always perfectly staged glossy products and who wants to know what happens if really once shark alarm should be declared, this first - and hopefully not last - alarm film can be warmly recommended. Absolutely worth seeing!
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