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|Regie:||Mike P. Nelson|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 95 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
After the state had wiped out a large part of the population in order to be able to start all over again, most survivors joined together in groups. The different gangs are all about taking out the others, hunting them down and killing them. Nina (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Tyler Hoechlin) have so far managed to survive in this new world. But now Nina wants to leave the safety of her home to go to her parents, whom she hopes have not fallen victim to extermination. It is a dangerous path, where the couple has to fight not only for survival, but also for their marriage. Because unlike Nina and Mark, she seems to have long since died…
"The Domestics" is a somewhat mixed cinema experience. The post-apocalyptic thriller has some very intense moments and well staged, quite violent action. Especially the picture language can be convincing with a good equipment and some small "Mad Max" loans. On the other side are the script and the actors. The story itself is very thin and with its rudimentary character holds the episodically looking parts together. The whole thing follows a clear pattern: Nina and Mark go from A to B, get into a dicey situation, fight their way out to go on from B to C - and so on, and so on.
This is not only tiring, but also looks like you have seen everything somewhere else before. Although there isn't only a lot of talk (and silence), but also some fast-paced chases and explosive fighting sequences, at some point only boredom dominates the action. This might also be due to the fact that the viewers don't care about the characters at all. Nina seems extremely unsympathetic with the rejection she gives Mark, as it is not clear for a long time why she treats him that way, even though he tries so hard to bring her to her parents. Her annoyed glances and her silence get on your nerves quite quickly, which is why it is difficult to share her fever.
"The Domestics" has a few good moments that may be enough for some genre fans to justify buying a cinema ticket. But overall they just aren't enough to iron out the weaknesses in the script and the quite wooden play of the two main actors. If you like post-apocalyptic thrillers with some blood and action and can overlook a weak dramaturgy and one-dimensional characters, the movie can be recommended to you despite all justified criticism. Otherwise: Only conditionally worth seeing!
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