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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When 10-year-old Monique Watson disappears without a trace in New York, the police shows no great interest in finding the girl again. After all, the child is a black woman from a socially deprived area. Her desperate father Michael (Maurice McRae) tries everything on his own to find a trace of his daughter - without success. The journalist Christian Baker (Johnny Whitworth) scents an exciting story in this case and he offers Michael his help, which he only reluctantly accepts. When Christian takes the work of the police into the crossfire in a first article, he doesn't make many friends with the New York cops, which might make further investigations even more difficult. But then neighbours of the Watsons make a gruesome discovery. Does this also mean that the last spark of hope has been extinguished?
The story of "Still here" actually sounds interesting. And indeed, the film could have become a decent thriller with socio-political relevance. But script writer and director Vlad Feier does pretty much everything wrong that can be done wrong, so that the end result is a B-movie full of stupid clichés and shallow dialogues, which nips any good approach in the bud. Take the character of Christian Baker, played by Johnny Whitworth, for example, who with his Kurt Russell memory hairstyle looks like an actor from a bad 80s direct-to-video action movie. When he talks to his editor-in-chief, his posture and the constant chewing of gum are supposed to signal that Christian is an old-school journalist who doesn't follow rules to get a good story. Since this is accompanied by dialogues of a particularly clichéd nature, the dialogues between the rebellious scribbler and his boss seem like a bad parody. You just can't believe that the director could have been serious about this.
Similar to the father of the missing girl. You watch him for minutes as he asks everyone for help, as he goes from door to door to get information. But when a journalist stands in front of his door and offers his help, he snaps and sends him away under threat of being beaten. No, of course not! The police are also lured very clumsily into the cliché trap here. So that the last viewer understands that the skin colour of the girl is the reason for the police officers' inaction, the police chief himself is allowed to let out a racist hate speech.
Unfortunately, the resolution of the whole thing is not convincing either. The explanation, why the perpetrator acted the way he did, is just a cheap excuse for having to force a happy end on Teufel komm raus. It's a real pity that Vlad Feier didn't make better use of the good basic idea and the atmospheric locations to make a really gripping big-city thriller out of it. Thus, "Still here" sadly has become a boring and at times annoying accumulation of clichés and stereotypes, which unfortunately "Worth Seeing" doesn't deserve.
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