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The Robber (2011)

Andreas Lust , Franziska Weisz , Benjamin Heisenberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz
  • Directors: Benjamin Heisenberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E2YKZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you like the 'Bourne' movies but wish they were more cerebral...you might be the perfect audience for 'The Robber'. --The New York Times

Exhilarating! Chase sequences to outdo Hollywood s finest. --The Village Voice

Product Description

A champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. A lean, visceral study of pathological compulsion from Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg, featuring a riveting central performance by Andreas Lust (Munich).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film Major: "The Robber" October 28, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
There's a new "running" film available on DVD/Blu-ray. It's "The Robber" (aka Der Räuber), which is the Benjamin Heisenberg-directed film based on the true story of Austrian bank robber/marathoner, Johann Kastenberger. The screenplay was adapted from Martin Prinz's 2006 book, "On the Run." The film made the film festival rounds in the spring, but the DVD/Blu-ray release will be most's first exposure to the film. It's also available on Netflix Instant. The film is in German, but is sub-titled in English and is very easy to follow, as the dialogue is very deliberate.

So who was Johann Kastenberger? According to the film, and to Wikipedia, Kastenberger was a convicted bank robber, who was first arrested in 1977 for robbing an Austrian bank. He served a 7-year prison term and trained extensively while in person. Upon release, he made an instant splash in the marathon, setting an Austrian national record (the film shows 2:20, but I can't corroborate that anywhere online and haven't read Prinz's book yet). The film does show him winning the ultra difficult Kainach Mountain Marathon in a still standing record of 3:16. Not long after being released from prison the first time around, Kastenberger reverts to his bank-robbing ways and becomes known as "Shotgun Ronnie," due to his penchant for wearing a Ronald Reagan mask during his robberies. This is something that is left out of the film.

Andreas Lust does a very passable job in portraying a competitive runner. He's fit, has good form and most importantly, looks the part. There are some excellent action scenes in "The Robber," particularly one after a robbery nearly goes awry and he runs through multiple buildings being followed by a single camera, and ends up hopping on a trail to evade the police. It's a very entertaining film and is well worth 90 minutes of your time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Robber June 25, 2011
By Gm
Format:DVD
The Robber is loosely based on a true story of a champion marathon runner who also robbed banks in his spare time. The cinematography in this movie is fantastic - the running and chasing scenes where the camera follows is as good or better than any hollywood production, overall this is well worth having a view on a quiet evening...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good--Not Great December 27, 2011
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Hmm, I wanted to like this film a lot more than I did by the time the credits rolled. The story of a talented marathon runner who is also a cold blooded, unfeeling bank robber/killer. As a runner with nowhere near the talent of the 'anti hero' of the film played by Andreas Lust, the scenes of him running throughout look better than any I can ever recall in a movie. As the film opens Andreas gets out of prison for bank robbery and immediately returns to the only two things he lives for--running and crime. Its unclear why he does either activity as neither one seems to bring him pleasure or meaning in his life any more than the beautiful girlfriend he resumes living with upon release. In fact the 'why' of what is driving Andreas in his life is never explored or revealed in this film. He's gifted athletically; his Parole Agent & others bend over backwards to help him; and yet he seems to be a complete, unfeeling, 'zombie' hurtling towards self destruction. 'The Robber' seems to be driven by the theme of nihilism to its quiet, near wordless conclusion. Be aware this is not a 'satisfactory ending', 'it all makes sense now'film, but it is compelling & well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, but worth a rental February 26, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
This movie has it's moments, but is a missed opportunity. I have never watched a film with such an interesting subject matter be so boring most of the tiime. There is virtually no character development. The chase scenes are extremely well done and that is what saves this movie from being a total disappointment. I had read many positive reviews and was expecting more. I am an American that really enjoys foreign films. I hope someone else tells this story again that is capable of really good story telling. It's clear that the film crew is very talented to do some of the things they do, but someone really needs to re-tell this story and do it justice. Definitely rent before buying. The PQ & AQ are top notch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring movie, both in running and robbing December 29, 2013
By Kraken
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I could've got this movie somewhere else for free but oh well at least I got it in bluray. No behind the scenes or any of that extra footage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, great performances February 27, 2013
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Must see... Not your typical Hollywood smash & grab shoot em up style action flick. Great performances by both the main Character and supporting. Great ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this film! December 1, 2012
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It was really interesting, well-acted and had lots of action! I have loaned this movie to some friends and everyone has loved it so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting cat-and-mouse crime drama October 29, 2012
Format:DVD
"The Robber" (2010 release from Austria; 96 min.) brings the story, "based on true events", of Johann, who is a convicted felon for armed robbery and after a 7 year prison sentence is finally released. He promptly (as in: the next day upon his release) goes back to robbing banks in and around Vienna. While he was in prison, he trained for long-distance running, and soon we see him running marathons in Vienna (where he promtply sets a national record) and elsewhere Austria. Johann meets social worker and one-time family friend Erika ("You're all grown up", he remarks), and she gives him a room to stay at her place. Of course they strike up a relationship, even though Johann remains the ultimate loner, living from robbery to marathon, as if his adrenaline drives him to that. Eventually Erika finds out Johann is robbing banks, and the police gets on him too. To tell you more would be to ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, Andreas Lust brings a terrific performance as the loner Johann, with steely nerves and determination. Second, there are a number of great cat-and-mouse sequences (not all of them chase scenes) between Johann and the police as they track him down, just riveting. Third, this movie was released on DVD in the US last year and the DVD box notes that "this movie is already slated for a Hollywood remake". I haven't heard anything about that yet, but if Hollywood does remake it, I can only hope that they will keep the same grim yet riveting tone of this Austrian movie (I somehow doubt it).

In all, I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. If you are in the mood for a quality foreign crime drama, "The Robber" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I saw this film on Netflix and it is a masterpiece, lots of twists, and a very interesting style, considering the amount of time that the protagonist spends by himself. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting heist, action film based on the real life story of...
It was known as the largest investigation in Austria's post-war history. In the late '80s, over 450 police officers trying to capture the most elusive criminal in the country,... Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
4.0 out of 5 stars The OCD of the Long Distance Runner
A fine movie about really, really focused OCD and the impact that singular compulsion has as it becomes more intense.
Published on January 11, 2012 by Michael Harbour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a good movie from start to end. There is plenty of action. Apparently is based on true events which makes the movie even better.
Published on December 28, 2011 by Javier
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ,-> BASED ON TRUE STORY SIMULAR TO BEN AFFLICK THE TOWN
This is a must see, although its in german, its a great intellectial cat and mouse film too watch. I've seen great films before and this is one of them... Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by jmkkalo1
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film art
A spare, minimalist Austrian film (in German, with English subtitles), skillfully rendered. We first see the subject as a thin man in his thirties, in prison for robbery. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Doctor.Generosity
2.0 out of 5 stars Overblown
So yeah, that image of the guy with the freaky mask on and the preview with him running everywhere hooked me pretty good. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Jaxalot
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