Directed by Christian Alvart
Written by Christian Alvart
Norman Reedus as Polizist Schmitz
Christian von Aster as Polizist Wagner
André Hennicke as Gabriel Engel
Heinz Hoenig as Seiler
127 Minutes(Not Rated-Nudity, Sex,Strong Language, Violence)
For lack of time the following is a minute long review. . .
"Antibodies" is entertaining and somewhat engrossing, but it is killed by it's similarities to what appears to be its source material, "The Silence of the Lambs." It is almost ridiculous how similar the two are. We have the dedicated cop, who fears the world and is scared that his son will end up drifting over to the side of the villains one day. The dedicated cop is looking for a killer in the town where he lives, and he figures that the only way that he could find out who the killer is, is to go question the last serial killer in the area caught-the sick and twisted Gabriel Engel. Engel is in his cell, wheelchair bound and fixated on his child predator killings, and doesn't delve into information until the cop answers some questions-one of them being "What do you think about when you have sex with your wife?" We then follow the manhunt, with Engel being the guide.
This not only has a similar story to "Silence of the Lambs," but often does a few directing tricks similar as well. One of them being the cop talking to the criminal in his cell, and the camera jumps from person to person as they speak, but everything in the background looking the same except for the face of whose talking, bringing up the notion that cop and criminal are the same. "Lambs" did this, only did it better. Engel even says upon his first meeting with the cop, "What did you expect, Hannibal Lector?" At least they pay tribute. . .
That being said, "Antibodies" is somewhat engrossing, and does have a few worthy twists, but it too crowded with images from the former film. Alvart is a talented director, and does have a few original tricks up his sleeve, but a more original story is needed as well. This is a good cop thriller, has moments of true creepiness, and Gabriel Engel is indeed one of the most evil film characters in a while. Worth checking out, unless you've seen "Silence of the Lambs."