Berlin Syndrome

Some crimes are incomprehensible and the audience suspends judgement on how they are presented, are they “real” or not, could they “really happen.” I took issue with a few of those scenes but overall this movie scared the hell out of me.

R | 1h 56min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 26 May 2017 (USA)

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
Director: Cate Shortland
Writers: Shaun Grant (screenplay), Melanie Joosten (novel) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich

This director has worked a lot in her career. Unfortunately I am unfamiliar with most the titles. It is interesting this film has a female director as it is an abduction story. In other words, we aren’t getting what a guy writer would think it was like but rather a female putting her head inside the script.

The acting is good. I think the fear was not overplayed. At the same time, I found it hard to believe the victim never thought about grabbing something in the apartment to aid her escape. Most abductors tend to put the victim in a plain empty room. This one brought her right into his living space. It could be psychological chains, I get that. Still, it seemed out of place. It started out better than the middle and end where it dragged on and the ending was not satisfying.

6/10

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