4 days ago
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Michael (Michael Fuith) arrives in Berlin in order to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi (Anna Graczyk) in order to give her keys back. He has decided to come in person hoping that he could win her back. He arrives at her apartment building and finds the right apartment only to find that the door is open. He goes on in but can't find Gabi. He does find someone working in her apartment though, who is less than friendly. Then he meets Harper (Theo Trebs), a teen aged boy who is helping with the repair job. While Harper isn't much help either, Michael tries calling Gabi's cell, only to reach her voicemail. Just as he hangs up, he sees Harper's boss go on the attack. Together they manage to get the guy out of the apartment and bar the door shut. As they look at the window from up above street level, they see people being attacked, and turning into the people doing the attacking. Trapped in the apartment, they have to figure out what to do, along with the people trapped in other apartments.
Rammbock was a quick watch considering that is only an hour long. I was a little worried about how good it might be because of that, but it was getting some pretty good ratings. Most of the movie takes place in the apartment with Michael always worrying about Gabi. It does get annoying with how far he keeps going on about her. I guess in a way I would be worried too if I was in his shoes. They had been together for years, so it is a little bit understandable. When he finds a picture of Gabi wearing a costume, he goes and puts it on, which takes it to a whole new level of weird. I could be wrong, but I think the film covers a couple of days. The name implies that there be zombies found in this film, but Rammbock is more along the lines of 28 Days Later with people who are infected which drives them to attack those not infected. They do bite, but it was hard to tell if they were trying to eat normal people. The pace is a little slow at times since the are trapped. To counter that, writer Benjamin Hessler changes things up but hinting that there may be a way to beat the infection. He also comes up with an interesting way not to kill the infected, but to at least keep them from attacking you.
Director Marvin Kren didn't make Rammbock a very gory movie, but it does has some minor moments. These of course come when we see people getting attacked and having their skin bitten off. While they don't come as anything new, they are well done. Some people seemed to have problems with Michael Fuith in the lead role. I don't think it had to do with his acting so much as his character was rather annoying at times. I did like Emily Cox, even though she has a minor role. I could never tell if she was supposed to be an older teen or what though. She looks the part, but is older than that.
I know a lot of people still throw infected people that act like zombies into the zombie genre. If this is the case, or even if you don't do that, Rammbock: Berlin Undead is worth a look. Since it is a bit shorter than your average film, even if you don't like it then at least you didn't spend as much time with it. Even though I didn't find Rammbock to be one of the greats, I still enjoyed that it is a little different. If you are looking for something that shows how people deal with what is going on around them, you will want to check this one out. It was also interesting how Michael's story ends. Well worth the look and it is still on Netflix's Instant Watch if you can watch it that way.
3 out of 5 Seeing how these infected acted, I wonder if playing dead would have worked