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Actually, the Berlin building contractor Karl Brendt (Wotan Wilke Möhring) only wanted to bring his children Josefine (Emily Kusche) and Marius (Carlo Thoma) to school before he devotes himself to his work again. But then he gets a call that will change his life forever: A stranger threatens that a bomb hidden under the seats would blow up Karl and his children if he does not comply with the caller's demands or try to get out of the car. Under constant observation, the desperate father of the family has to try to raise an enormous sum of money. He himself is targeted by the police, as Karl's wife Simone (Christiane Paul) believes that he kidnapped the children because their marriage is in ruins. With the police on his back, the bomb in his car and a merciless blackmailer on the phone, Karl has few options to save his life and that of his children…
With "Antibodies", leading actors Wotan Wilke Möhring and director Christian Alvart showed about 13 years ago how effective German tension cinema can look. Now try "climb. Don't. Don't. Off!" again. The story is based on the Spanish thriller "Caller unknown" from 2015. Alvart has kept the basic premise and only changed the motif of the unknown blackmailer a little, since the emotional component of the story, which worked very well in Spain, would have been much less comprehensible in this country. An exciting story, a good cast and a director who hasn't only been able to stage proper action with Til Schweiger since working on the "Tatort" episodes - what else can go wrong?
Pitty a lot. While the thriller is visually convincing and can also deliver a good pacing over long distances, Alvart never manages to build up a real emotional bond between his characters and the audience. This is primarily due to a very one-dimensional character drawing. Daughter Josefine, for example, is the absolute standard film teenage girl, with constant "I'm in puberty and all adults are shit" facial expressions. As a spectator, you are quickly annoyed by this. But even the otherwise very reliable Wotan Wilke Möhring can hardly credibly convey the emotional roller coaster ride on which his character is sent due to the script.
In the second half of the film the almost stupid behaviour - especially from the police's point of view - accumulates, which leads to a finale that unfortunately doesn't have any real surprises left. It's always apparent that Alvart has a good eye for great action cinema and that he actually understands his craft very well. But here he just loses himself in too many clichés, logic holes and predictabilities, so that the actually decent entertainment value has to suffer from it again and again. Even if I find it difficult to criticize a man who has secured the rights to my childhood idol "Captain Future" and who has already delivered some really worth seeing films, I can only say as a conclusion: Better watch the Spanish original and hope that the next Alvart gets better again. Worth seeing only with clear concessions!
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