The film doesn't believe the police deserved to die (or that the ticket inspector should have been assaulted), but then again it doesn't believe a society should so treat a man that this is what he comes to do.
| Original Score: 3/4
Although Otomo is clearly intended for German audiences, the film nevertheless raises issues confronted by every Westernized nation.
Racial profiling is alive and well, not just in real life, but more and more at the movies.
A riveting German film about the dehumanized treatment of refugees.
Much of the sense of size in this account of an immigrant worker, who is only one among many thousands in Germany, comes from the performance by Isaach de Bankole.
The messages about racism get a bit ham-handed, but the acting and sense of dread are powerful.
You do get a sense of a German society that is still amazingly bureaucratic and authoritarian.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A bleak and powerful work, one we probably need more than ever these days.
Documents the institutionalized racism and xenophobia that painted one man into a corner, while never excusing the terrible means by which he took his final escape.
I was impressed by the decision to make Otomo a bit of an anti-hero, seeming aware that in desperate times, good people may say or do things outside the norm.