What to Do in Case of Fire (Was tun, wenn's brennt?) (2002)
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What to Do in Case of Fire is a stylish German comedy from director Gregor Schnitzler. A 20-year-old bomb goes off in an abandoned mansion in present day Berlin, and all the evidence implicates a a group of anarchists that planted the explosives in the late 1980s . By this time, however, most of the original group have become hip urban professionals who don't want to be associated with revolutionary activity. With the police hot on their trail, they reunite for the first time in 12 years to plot
Jul 19, 2001 Wide
Nov 12, 2002
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In his U.S. debut, Mr. Schnitzler proves himself a deft pace master and stylist.
[Schweiger is] talented and terribly charismatic, qualities essential to both movie stars and social anarchists.
It's all entertaining enough, but don't look for any hefty anti-establishment message in what is essentially a whip-crack of a buddy movie that ends with a whimper.
Has an energy and enthusiasm that certainly works in fits and starts, but taken as a whole, it's a few explosions (and a lot of yearning) signifying very little.
The formula is executed with such efficiency that you can't help being entertained, right? Right? Jawohl!
It's like a "Big Chill" reunion of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, only these guys are more harmless pranksters than political activists.
Starts off with a bang, but then fizzles like a wet stick of dynamite at the very end. It's still worth a look.
For a film that celebrates radical, nonconformist values, What to Do in Case of Fire? lazily and glumly settles into a most traditional, reserved kind of filmmaking.
With recent tensions rekindled by the Kathleen Soliah trial and the upcoming trial of SLA members Emily and William Harris, not to mention Sept. 11, its difficult these days to appreciate Fire's bright side.
The notion that bombing buildings is the funniest thing in the world goes entirely unexamined in this startlingly unfunny comedy.
Schnitzler's film has a great hook, some clever bits and well-drawn, if standard issue, characters, but is still only partly satisfying.
Schnitzler does a fine job contrasting the sleekness of the film's present with the playful paranoia of the film's past.
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