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Deutschland 2018 - with Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Fahri Yardim, Lars Eidinger ...

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Direction:Christian Alvart
Cinema release:11.10.2018
Production country:Deutschland 2018
Running time:Ca. 132 Min
Rated:From 16 years
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Forensic doctor Paul Herzfeld (Moritz Bleibtreu) starts a real nightmare when he finds a small capsule in the head of a corpse during an autopsy. There's a piece of paper with his daughter's cell number on it. Soon it will be a terrible certainty: Hannah has been kidnapped. Your tormentor sends Herzfeld clues that send him on a nerve-wracking hunt against time. The trail also leads to Helgoland, which is cut off from the outside world by a storm. Only by chance do the young comic-strip artist Linda (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) and Ender (Fahri Yardim), the caretaker of the Inselklinik, get involved in the search for the kidnapped girl. And the two of them must truly go beyond themselves to provide Herzfeld with the puzzle pieces that could help save his daughter's life - if it's not already too late…   <x>N</With the film adaptation of Sebastian Fitzek's bestseller "Cut off" and forensic doctor Michael Tsokos, director Christian Alvart returns to the genre in which he once celebrated his breakthrough with "Antibodies". The dark psychothriller sticks closely to the original book, also as far as the depiction of the autopsy scenes is concerned. So the film isn't exactly for the delicately minded. Even supporters of irrevocable logic will have their problems with many aspects of the story. But if you're looking for atmospheric tension cinema from Germany and don't let yourself be deterred by a few disgusting moments, you'll certainly get your money's worth - with some minor restrictions.

Surely, it's a little hard to swallow that a young comic-strip artist is conducting an autopsy on the phone. But let's be honest: The whole thing is not a documentary, but a thriller. It is a pity that the identity of the kidnapper is revealed too quickly, even if this gives Lars Eidinger the chance to deliver a strong performance in an extremely unpleasant way. Nevertheless, it might have been a bit more effective to let this diabolical figure act in the dark at the beginning.

Yes, "Truncated" has some weaknesses. But as already mentioned this doesn't change the fact that the movie is very thrilling and atmospheric and especially for viewers who aren't familiar with the book, it has some nice surprises in store. It's a pity that the finale comes along badly rushed. Here, neither the (very predictable) tension build-up nor the effects are convincing. All in all there is still a deserved one: worth seeing!

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