"A combination of thrills, laughs, twists, and even a sentimental streak."
Slightly above-average for its type of movie, and slightly better than its predecessor.A panglossian medical student is wooed into joining a clandestine anti-Hippocratic group — disassociated, but acknowledging, the Heidelberg incident of Anatomy — where the young professionals are led by a reputable doctor with a mind for greatness (and, of course, recognition and fame in the medical world), in the testing and application (first on themselves) of synthetic muscles, hopefully leading to the replacement of natural muscles to gain unparalleled agility and stamina. (Each member has at least one synthetic muscle — a bicep, a calf muscle, in their fingers, in their penis, etc.) Where our protagonist’s naïve turnaround to join the illegal group comes about perhaps too fast, it’s justified insofar as we know he has a crippled brother at home, ailing from the same disease their father died by. Slick and fast-paced, Stefan Ruzowitzky picks up where he left off, giving the movie more of a commercial feel than the last (lots of young and hard bodies), but also letting go of the sense of realism that held the first back for its schlock-y genre mentality. Anatomy 2 has a combination of thrills, laughs (intentional, or not), twists, and even a sentimental streak that seeks to differentiate between the sterilized medical environment and the humanism behind it, though it’s all minor. Franka Potente also shows up for an appearance as Paula Hennig, now a detective in pursuit of busting the AAA clubs she almost fell prey to. With Barnaby Metschurat, Herbert Knaup (Potente’s father in Lola), Rosie Alvarez, Roman Knizka, Heike Makatsch, August Diehl (Knaup’s employee in Distant Lights), and Wotan Wilke Möhring.[Worth-seeing.]