Viktor (Joachim Król) is the consummate hit-man, a stealth-like killing machine invisible to both his targets and law enforcement. But when bizarre circumstances lead him to cross paths with a mysterious woman (Nadja Uhl), Viktor decides to risk everything for love. Now as the police close in on him, only the most daring plan will allow for their escape.
A sleek thriller, Soundless
takes a typically preposterous super-hit-man and treats his character and methods with enough realism to generate unexpected empathy and tension. Viktor (Joachim Krol, The Princess and the Warrior
) specializes in complicated hits requiring scrupulous preparation and absolute stealth. An unhappy blonde woman named Nina (Nadja Uhl, What to Do in Case of Fire
) ends up at the site of a kill by chance, but he lets her live--and finds himself following her and saving her from an attempted suicide. Meanwhile, a perfectionist cop (Christian Berkel, Downfall
) is slowly closing in on Viktor. These elements sound generic, and they are. What makes Soundless
compelling is the movie's low-key, streamlined style, which draws in the viewer to both the thrills and the unusual romance between Viktor and Nina. It's a movie that seems to cry out for a remake with Bruce Willis...only Hollywood would undoubtedly overdo everything that makes Soundless
so alluring. (Soundless
was produced by the X Filme Creative Pool, a collective that's also responsible for Run Lola Run
and Goodbye Lenin!
--clearly, an eclectic and ingenious bunch.) --Bret Fetzer