When a twenty-year-old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern-day Berlin, the evidence points to a notorious late 1980s anarchist group. As the police start looking for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves, sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideas with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind. WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE is a thrilling, dramatic caper featuring Til Schweiger (DRIVEN), legendary character actor Klaus Lowitsch (THE ODESSA FILE) and an amazing ensemble cast of Germany's hottest young actors.
A heavy-handed but engrossing German drama about a group of ex-radicals who try to escape the ever-closer clutches of the police after a 15-year-old bomb they planted accidentally goes off, What to Do in Case of Fire
paints a questionably sympathetic portrait of people trying to erase their pasts. Occasionally the humor found in the group's difficulty grasping the changes the years have wrought erases the distasteful attempt to whitewash these anarchists' violent past. Still, it's a copout to pretend that these particular radicals never seemed to have hurt anyone seriously, and indeed, even the exploded bomb only slightly injures two innocent bystanders. It's up to the considerable efforts of a most capable cast--including Til Schweiger (Tim) and Nadja Uhl (Nele)--to draw us into their morally skewered story. --Kevin Filipski