Off Screen (2005)

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Inspired by an actual series of disturbing events that shocked the city of Amsterdam, Nothing to Lose director Pieter Kiujers' paranoid psychological thriller follows the disturbing journey of an ageing bus driver who becomes convinced that he's uncovered a major conspiracy. Upon losing both his job as a bus driver and his wife of thirty years, a fifty-nine year old bus driver bursts into Rembrandt Tower and takes a security guard hostage. His sole demand is to speak with the managing director of Philips, a company that once rented space in the towering office building. He's convinced that secret codes are being transmitted via widescreen television, and that an unsuspecting public is being secretly brainwashed. Later, key events from the assailant's past reveal that he may not be as delusional as he first appeared. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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NR
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for Off Screen

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Decleir consegue a proeza de conferir humanidade a um personagem absurdo e desagradável, mas o roteiro óbvio e pretensioso, aliado à lentidão da narrativa, torna o filme aborrecido e previsível.

June 12, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Off Screen

½

Superb performances by both Jan Decleir and Jeroen Krabbé highlight this film that is more of a character study rather than a thriller (though that element is certainly present) and as a result the films narrative, while seemingly complex with its bevy of flashbacks, is actually fairly straight-forward and simplistic. Though the resolution ends ambiguously with many questions unanswered, it does add replay value to the film as the viewer can go back in an attempt to decipher what is reality and what is mere fabrication (depending, of course, if such a feat can be done). It's a solid thriller with a rich emotional base due to its main character's complexity but don't go in expecting an intense and thrilling movie; instead this one is all psychological in that it deals solely with fracture mind. If only the narrative is more focused, complex, and richer than this could have been a mind-boggling experience, but as it is it is still a good film. Recommended.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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