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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 FilipskiSee all Editorial Reviews
It was really good until the last 20 min. I don't want to give away anything, but it's easy to see how it should have ended.Published 11 months ago by Asdfghjk
Great movie. One of my favorites. It is about a group of Anarchists who make a bomb and put it in an abandon building, which does not go off. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clairia B.
I liked the film. I was in Germany during this time and I thought it reflected well some of the student controversy which was evolving in 1987.Published on February 26, 2013 by Colette
As another reviewer stated, if you can put your ethics on hold for a couple of hours, this film is fun and entertaining. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Stephen Stults
It's, perhaps, one of the most meaningful movies I've see lately.
It addresses idealism and what happens to those who continue to hold on to their ideals. Read more
This film is not a classic, but it is an interesting portrayal of young adults growing up and moving on (or not.) It is 1987. Read morePublished on February 18, 2005 by Beth Fox
When I read about the movie I pictured it to be very differnt than what it really was. I was disapointed to find that it reminded me of some kind of teen flick, although I can't... Read morePublished on December 15, 2004 by "pickleddeath"
The concept of this 2001 German film is intriguing. It's about a group of six self-proclaimed anti-establishment anarchists in Berlin who, in the 1980s, set off bombs in protest... Read morePublished on March 19, 2004 by Linda Linguvic