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A dark and gruesome thriller reminiscent of David Fincher's Seven, this freshman effort from German director Robert Schwentke finds an unmotivated young detective roped into helping a seasoned veteran solve a case in which people are literally skinned for their tattoos and brutally murdered. Schrader (August Diehl) is a lazy, hard-partying cop who barely passed his academy training, only to settle in for an undemanding desk job upon graduation. His bid for the easy life is soon spoiled when
Nov 15, 2002 Limited
American Vitagraph - Official Site
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Stylish and engaging despite its over-reliance on the conventions of the thriller genre.
The premise of this film might be halfway original, but the execution is wholly derivative.
An engrossing and original police procedural of bleak, steel-gray images and high style.
For all its oversights, absurdities and unconnected dots, Tattoo succeeds in getting under your skin.
A very stylish variation on The Silence of the Lambs and Seven.
Dark and interesting, the film looks very good and has an intriguing enough plot that we stay connected to it.
Without the benefit of an equally manipulative script, Schwentke's attempts to appal us eventually just bore.
It looks great, has an excellent cast and is effectively creepy at first. But try as it does, it just winds up falling into the lame generic Hollywood homicide thriller mold.
A stylish, involving, unremittingly grim and, it must be stated, almost wholly derivative hodge-podge of hard-boiled American crime thrillers. The surfeit mood catches and holds your attention, sometimes in spite of yourself.
Tattoo has the same buddy-cop dynamic as the David Fincher film and, likewise, is preoccupied with beautiful lighting, rain machines and grotesque mutilations. It's watchable but it never quite rises above being a mannered knockoff.
An assured piece of genre filmmaking that delivers the goods so stylishly it hardly matters that they aren't fresh.
An above-average thriller.
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