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|Regie:||Baran bo Odar|
|Laufzeit:||About 103 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When it comes to programming language, Benjamin (Tom Schilling) is a real pro. But he has always failed miserably in communicating with real people. Even at school he was always invisible to others, an insignificant nobody. But that seems to change when he meets the charismatic Max (Elyas M`Barek). The two young men are complete opposites, but they have one passion in common: hacking. When Max recognizes Benjamin's talent, he introduces him to his friends Stephan (Wotan Wilke Möhring) and Paul (Antoine Monot, Jr.). Although at first glance they can't understand what Max finds in the shy boy, Benjamin quickly manages to win her respect. Without further ado, the four found the hacker group CLAY, which soon becomes a sensation on the Internet with provocative fun actions. But with MRX, the hacker idol of Max and Benjamin, they only harvest derogatory comments. In order to finally win MRX's respect, CLAY are planning a daring action at the BKA. But a small mistake quickly turns the fun into seriousness and not only Europol under the leadership of cybercrime investigator Hanne Lindberg (Trine Dyrholm), but also much more dangerous opponents are following the heels of CLAY…
"Who am I - Kein System ist sicher" can rightly be described as the biggest and most positive surprise of German cinema in 2014. Director Baran bo Odar, who recently thrilled with the great thriller "Das letzte Schweigen", proves with the stylish opening credits that he wants to play on an international level with his cyber-thriller. And he's doing that really well. For at last he is a German director who seems to have recognised the visual difference between great cinema and television and theatrically between theatre stage and cinema screen. And it shows that German cinema can be both clever and entertaining. Great actors, excellent camera work and a soundtrack perfectly matched to the pictures make "Who am I" the perfect entertainment cinema with lots of excitement, wit and speed.
Baran bo Odar makes no secret of the fact that films like "Fight Club" served as a source of inspiration. But even though there are some recognizable parallels to this and other movies, the whole thing never seems like an uninspired copy. Because the director plays very cleverly with the expectations of the audience that are created by the comparisons to other movies. Whenever you're tempted to say, "This is just like XY," Baran bo Odar steers the action in a new direction. Even if the final resolution could have been a bit less explanatory, the film still leaves an extremely positive overall impression.
The actors are responsible for this as well as the cleverly constructed story, the ingenious editing and the atmospheric camera work. Tom Schilling delivers an extremely nuanced performance, which is absolutely equal to his award-winning performance from "Oh Boy". Elyas M`Barek turns Max into an extremely interesting character and Wotan Wilke Möhring shows that he can convince even if he is a little bit occupied against his type. And Antoine Monot, Jr. and Hannah Herzsprung are also a real enrichment for the already first-class ensemble. Only the Dane Trine Dyrholm ("The Festival") remains a little pale in direct comparison. On the other hand, her slightly wooden portrayal goes well with the Europol investigator she embodies, which is why there is nothing to complain about here either.
"Who am I - No system is safe" is perfect cinema entertainment. Cool, clever, exciting, amusing and not a second boring. It remains to be hoped that the audience will now also recognize the high quality of the cyber-thriller and that the film will be granted the success it deserves. That's why I have a more than deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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