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Antikörper (Antibodies) Reviews

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March 9, 2015
Evil is a highly contagious virus!
November 3, 2014
Ok this one was a tense ride and got me right til the very end. A little Silence of the Lambs andCriminal Minds
May 13, 2014
Disturbing and compelling .. A must watch German movie.
October 15, 2013
"Antibodies" tips it hand far too early and closes with an inexplicable third act, but succeeds in creating an unsettling atmosphere with a palpable sense of terror throughout. Slick and sadistic, this German serial killer thriller delivers some chills respectively, but it's not nearly as clever or as compelling as it thinks it is.

Serial killer Gabriel Engels (Andre Hennicke) is captured while fleeing from his apartment, because he is the prime suspect in the killing a young girl several years earlier. Small-town cop Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Möhring) has been investigating the 18-month-old unsolved murder, and may now have his big break in the case. Michael must go to the big city to interrogate the suspect, in the hopes that he'll get a confession. His decision unexpectedly pays dividends, and details slowly begin to surface. Möhring's deeply conflicted performance anchors the movie, as the confession from Engels and his mind games slowly push Michael back towards his own hometown. But soon, as Martens comes under the influence of Engels, he finds himself in a dark place and questions his own faith, as well as his entire existence.

The plot twists and mind games that should shock and surprise are transparent and obvious, while director Christian Alvart tips his hand too early in a film where the run time clocks in at two plus hours. The third act of "Antibodies" shifts its primary focus to Michael and his son, and it creates one of the strangest biblical allusions I've ever seen. The story shifts from the profile of a serial killer to that of a man's existential identity crisis, and then to his redemption, when he didn't seem to deserve it in the first place. Desperately attempting to create the illusion of something profound, it backfires and comes across as absolutely absurd. In comparison to other films in the serial killer genre, this one hovers somewhere just above middle of the pack at best.
October 15, 2013
"Antibodies" tips it hand far too early and closes with an inexplicable third act, but succeeds in creating an unsettling atmosphere with a palpable sense of terror throughout. Slick and sadistic, this German serial killer thriller delivers some chills respectively, but it's not nearly as clever or as compelling as it thinks it is.

Serial killer Gabriel Engels (Andre Hennicke) is captured while fleeing from his apartment, because he is the prime suspect in the killing a young girl several years earlier. Small-town cop Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Möhring) has been investigating the 18-month-old unsolved murder, and may now have his big break in the case. Michael must go to the big city to interrogate the suspect, in the hopes that he'll get a confession. His decision unexpectedly pays dividends, and details slowly begin to surface. Möhring's deeply conflicted performance anchors the movie, as the confession from Engels and his mind games slowly push Michael back towards his own hometown. But soon, as Martens comes under the influence of Engels, he finds himself in a dark place and questions his own faith, as well as his entire existence.

The plot twists and mind games that should shock and surprise are transparent and obvious, while director Christian Alvart tips his hand too early in a film where the run time clocks in at two plus hours. The third act of "Antibodies" shifts its primary focus to Michael and his son, and it creates one of the strangest biblical allusions I've ever seen. The story shifts from the profile of a serial killer to that of a man's existential identity crisis, and then to his redemption, when he didn't seem to deserve it in the first place. Desperately attempting to create the illusion of something profound, it backfires and comes across as absolutely absurd. In comparison to other films in the serial killer genre, this one hovers somewhere just above middle of the pack at best.
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September 5, 2013
One of the best serial killer thriller ever, filled with religious reference and cruel psychological torment. The film constantly challenges vierwers' psyche and makes you think about what is going with the events and who is the real killer of Lucia. Great performance from everyone and shockingly blatant in it's graphic details, a grand German film.
August 14, 2013
I am going to skip this one for now.
May 17, 2013
"Antikörper" is a brilliant psycho-thriller that is reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter's franchise.
½ January 17, 2013
German version of The Silence of the Lambs, basically. But worth watching regardless. Plus, Norman Reddus has a small, non-speaking role and everyone loves him now, right!?
January 14, 2013
A not-so-good movie about a German serial killer.
January 5, 2013
Un hybrid intre Seven si The Silence of the lambs in varianta nemteasca!
½ October 28, 2012
Part Seven, part Silence, a fine German serial killer thriller with expert directing and acting. Longer than necessary.
½ October 20, 2012
A mentally dark German thriller - twisted, sexy and well paced.
October 7, 2012
One of the darkest, most compelling movies I have seen in quite some time. The acting and the story were exceptional!
September 20, 2012
Excellent German psychological thriller with shades of "Silence of the Lambs". Taut and gripping.
½ September 2, 2012
After seeing Pandorum I decided to give Alvart's previous film a try.
As it turns out I'm glad I did because Antibodies is a damn fine psychological thriller with a bit of Silence of the Lambs thrown in. Nice twists and an unexpected ending.
On the down side: It feels every bit of its 127 minute running time and the CGd deer look like crap.
½ July 4, 2012
This film was incredible. It's been a few years since I saw it last and it still pops up from time to time. Definitely a great serial killer flick. Definitely well done.
June 28, 2012
Excellent!! If you can handle the subject matter, check this out..
½ June 20, 2012
Another movie I came across by accident, which turned out to be a dark psychological thriller. A part time country cop represents goodness who is soiled when he visits a notorious serial killer of young boys. The country cop is trying to solve the murder of a 12 year old girl but his psyche becomes unraveled taking him to the darker side of human nature. In his attempt to solve the case he ends up ripping apart his own soul.
½ June 10, 2012
German Serial Killer movies that does have a long running time, but does manage to hold my interest the entire time.
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