(Review originally written at 8 October 2009)

Storywise "Antikörper" isn't the most original movie around. It has been called the German "Silence of the Lambs" for some good reasons and the movie also has different elements from other similar type of successful movies in it, such as for instance Davind Fincher's "Se7en".

It's a rather well directed movie, with a good style but yet the execution of it isn't what it could had been. This again has some to do with the fact that the movie isn't always being original enough of its own. Also the storytelling is a bit lacking at times, which perhaps can be blamed on it that the movie at times tries to be overly artistic and deep with its intentions. It doesn't always make the story believable enough.

Those are the downsides of "Antikörper", an otherwise good movie to watch, from young German director Christian Alvart. For a €1,900,000 budget movie this one is a real great accomplishment and it's rather low budget can be seen nowhere back in the movie. Yet the movie didn't do very well at the box office at its native country for some reason.

It's a well cast movie with actors that already had plenty of experience under their belts. Wotan Wilke Möhring and André Hennicke play the most important characters of the movie and they do this well. They are part of the reason why the movie overall has a realistic and gritty look and feeling over it.

This movie is not just a German Krimi, it's an overall effective thriller that is perhaps not always being original but it's all done good nevertheless.


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