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A Thriller to Enjoy

  • May 6, 2008

A Thriller to Enjoy

Amos Lassen

"Antibodies" is a first class thriller and it creates the almost perfect nightmare. The characters are intriguing and technically the film is near perfection. It entertains and it grips the viewer and does not let him go. Director Christian Alvart uses imagination and invention in ways we do not often see.
The movie deals with the effect of strong faith and belief on a person and on a family. The main character and lead of the film begins as a religious believer and nice all around person but as the film progresses he loses faith and doubt comes into his mind.
In brief, the plot is about a long wanted serial killer named Engel is arrested in a large police strike, Michael Martens, a small town cop, travels to where Engel is in order to interrogate him. He thinks that Engel may be involved in a brutal murder case and hopes to get a confession from him. This does not happen and the two total opposites cause Martens to become a dangerous threat to those around him.
There undoubtedly be comparisons between "Antibodies" and "The Silence of the Lambs" but let me say that Engel makes Lecter look like Santa Claus. Engel is a pedophile child-killer who uses psychological mind games with Marten and almost drives him mad.
A lot of the movie supplies discomfort to the viewer. Yet these scenes are not on the screen but in the imagination of the viewer. Likewise there are several realistic sex scenes that titillate. But above all is the intelligence of the film. The tension never slackens.
This is a film that you should look for. It will both scare you and keep you thinking for a very long time.

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review by . October 13, 2010
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Traveling to Berlin in search of clues about his son's girlfriend's killer, policeman Michael Martens ventures beyond the safety of his small town and into the mind of a madman. A suspect has been arrested, but Michael's fears haven't been put to rest. The more he questions this supposed murderer, the more mysterious the case becomes. This riveting German horror film contains all the ingredients of true suspense.
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Director: Christian Alvart
Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 16, 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Dark Sky Films (August 28, 2007)
Runtime: 2hr 8min
Studio: Dark Sky Films
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