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|Originaltitel:||A Hologram For The King|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) used to be a successful businessman. But the global financial crisis has also affected him and at 54 years of age there are only a few chances left for him to find his way back to success. But if he succeeds in selling Saudi King Abdullah a state-of-the-art hologram communication technology, it could bring him back to the top and help him out of his life crisis. But as soon as he arrives in Saudi Arabia, he has to realize that the clocks tick a little differently here and that he can't get any further with his world view. In a country that for him seems to be caught somewhere between tradition and modernity, all he can do is wait for a perhaps better future. Alan has no idea yet that this could not be his professional success…
In the film version of Dave Egger's celebrated novel "A Hologram for the King", a life-ravaged man pulls out of the land of unlimited possibilities to find new success in a fairy-tale country. He wants to free himself from the ruins of his existence - as quickly as possible. But in this foreign culture his ambitions are repeatedly slowed down and he is condemned to standstill. Only in this stasis does he recognize the actual value of life, which cannot be expressed in dollars. The whole thing is on the one hand a quiet culture clash comedy, but at the same time also a stirring social study and a midlife crisis drama that lives from its very special atmosphere and the once again outstanding Tom Hanks.
Actually not much really happens here. There is only one very simple storyline in which smaller episodes take place. This causes the narrative flow to stall from time to time, resulting in smaller lengths that may be intentional, but are perceived by many viewers as lengthy rather than artistically valuable stylistic devices. In any case, Tykwer's style of directing proves to be absolutely appropriate to the story and also courageous as a counterpoint to the prevailing tempo in contemporary mainstream cinema. But the result also proves to be too bulky to be appreciated by the number of viewers this movie actually deserves.
Although this may not sound very flattering, "A Hologram for the King" is best described as an interesting film. At times he leaves behind some helplessness and a certain emptiness, which doesn't sound very positive on the one hand, but on the other hand perfectly reflects the emotional world of the protagonist. It's not very exciting, but it's not really boring either. It is difficult to put into a drawer, but remains emotionally too inaccessible. But even if one had the feeling that one had seen a somewhat meaningless work here, the film and its atmospheric images remain stuck longer than expected. Therefore and because Tom Hanks is simply great in this role, there is a clear bottom line: Worth seeing!
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