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Soundless (2004)

Joachim Król , Nadja Uhl , Mennan Yapo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joachim Król, Nadja Uhl, Christian Berkel, Rudolf Martin, Lisa Martinek
  • Directors: Mennan Yapo
  • Writers: Mennan Yapo, Lars-Olaf Beier
  • Producers: Alexander R. Stigler, Marcos Kantis, René Richter, Stefan Arndt, Tom Tykwer
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDECHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soundless" on IMDb

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  • Original German Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Description

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Tense, Atmospheric German Thriller November 27, 2006
Format:DVD
LAUTLOS (Soundless) is yet another film by Director/writer Mennan Yapo (with writing assists form Lars-Olaf Beier) that takes on a story of a hit man on his last job and makes it into a fine psychological thriller. The cinematography, lighting, music and pacing of this strangely dark film provide an excellent background for a superb cast of actors.

Viktor (Joachim Król) is an aging hit man, a perfectionist whose reputation as a genius killer includes the fact that he works so well that he is soundless in his paid executions. We are privy to his mind's working as he focuses on his last hit, a man with a lady in his room Nina (the very beautiful Nadja Uhl) whose life he spares in the hit, an act of emotional response to the beautiful woman but an act that causes his employer to set a mark on him for his failure. Viktor saves Nina from suicide and the two become enchanted with each other. Viktor has found love at the end of his career as a murderer: Nina wants to get to know Viktor better before committing to his advances. Enter the police headed by the brilliant Lang (Christian Berkel) who is determined to capture Viktor by studying his patterns and mind tracings. Viktor and Nina are on the run but with a goal - that they will join at the sea and leave the life of crime. But before this can happen they must go through a literal wall of flames (a touch of Wagner, here). How the cat and mouse chase comes into play and resolves is the satisfying end to this polished little thriller.

Król, Uhl, and Berkel (in addition to a fine supporting cast) make this tense drama intimate and penetrating and Yapo's direction keeps the pace breathless. This is a fine little thriller in German with English subtitles. Grady Harp, November 06
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little German Thriller August 10, 2006
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This is a nice taut thriller with good performances by the main actors. Production by Tom Tykwer (Run, Lola, Run and Princess and Warrior). The plotting has some distinct similarities to the Princess and Warrior film, but stands nicely on it's own. German learners will enjoy the conversational quality of the dialogue which is quite easy to follow for an intermediate or above student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who done it.??? March 30, 2013
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Great, cast, great story. Director not from hollywood mentality. Film worth your time. Ecliptic deductive police searching for a hit ecliptic professional, has a great who done it story,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to root for a killer? February 11, 2013
Format:DVD
Yes indeed! The two most compelling personalities in this unique German film are the assassin and the detective hard on his trail. It becomes a complex story where the audience cannot help but to root for the criminal and hope his path does not end in either imprisonment or death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb gem from Germany October 28, 2008
By Ben
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This is one of the best films of 2008 and what delights me is it's not from the cookie cutter factory, that is Hollywood. Slick but with a plot that evokes emotions.
I enjoy the way this director lets the story unfold beautifully and i also love the perfect sparks of chemistry between the talented actors. It's deep but not the kind that dozes you off. It's a story that will make you understand fully why some people just know how to do a particular job and nothing else.
Words of caution though: Not for those who likes wham-bam action and lots of explosions. You know, those flicks that makes your senses turn deaf and soundless...
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