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What to Do in Case of Fire
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Stop, drop, and role."
3 stars

A group of Anarchists on Machnowstrasse in West Berlin plant a homemade bomb in an abandoned estate in 1987 that doesn’t go off until an accident triggers it thirteen years later.

By then, all but two members of the group have moved on to other things and have ditched their ideals, but are called back into action one more time when evidence — including their identities — is confiscated as the city begins an in-depth investigation into the explosion. Gregor Schnitzler uses superficial caricatures, both in the before and after sketches, of all of the characters in an attempt to cover the spectrum of personalities represented by the radical group, which, were it simply a comedy, would be less of an issue. But Schnitzler cannot decide whether he wants a punked-out comedy, or a dramatic quest in the reunion of friends, so at length and in content, there is an unevenness that he never overcomes. (The partying protest home video footage that opens the movie was hard enough to overcome on its own.) It still has some fair-minded observations as a time capsule social commentary — more easily addressed now, and after the fact — that add dimension to something so otherwise flat and ironed out. With Nadja Uhl, Til Schweiger, Martin Feifel, Sebastian Blomberg, Matthias Matschke, Doris Schretzmayer, and Klaus Löwitsch.

[See it if you must.]

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8/28/06 Precious Mae Tan Fucking Great Dude! 5 stars
1/27/05 Lhoyd Apostol Nice Movie 5 stars
4/18/04 Thomas Taylor Fucking great movie man 5 stars
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USA
  19-Jul-2002 (R)

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  19-Sep-2002 (15)

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  19-Sep-2002




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