Despite its pretensions, overt romanticism and technical and logistical implausibilities, Turkish-German director/X-Filme Creative Pool member Yapo’s modern thriller is, nevertheless, quite watchable. That’s partly due to Król’s controlled, impasssive performance as the master assassin who falls for the suicidal bed-partner (Uhl) of one of his victims and partly to Yapo’s capable direction and mastery of atmosphere and tension. The play the film makes from the psychological identification of cop and criminal, cat and mouse, however, is a pale shadow of that which enriches ‘Manhunter’ and the score is disappointingly trite.
Cast and crew
Joachim Król Nadja Uhl Christian Berkel Rudolf Martin