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Exhilarating! Chase sequences to outdo Hollywood s finest. --The Village Voice
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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.
My only beef is they did change the way this guy's life finally 'unraveled' at the end. But hey, what they did in the film does work. Cast is quite convincing, especially the lead actor.
He soon moves in with an old flame who is still carrying a torch for him. He meanwhile remains as cold as a fish and aside from practice runs he starts to do armed robberies all over Austria. He seems to love the thrill of the chase as much as the loot he is making off with. What follows is a really extraordinary story of a life quite literally on the run. This is in German with good English sub titles.
This is a very well made film, with Lust putting in an excellent performance of a man who is so far removed from societal norms that he has his completely own set of values. This is based on a novel but the real story comes from Johan Kastenberger who did all his robberies in a Ronald Regan mask and his story is probably more sensational than as depicted here. Either way a really superb way to spend 100 minutes and a film I can recommend to all lovers of Euro based crime cinema.
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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.Published on December 29, 2013 by Kraken
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.Published on February 27, 2013 by jason lalevski
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.Published on December 1, 2012 by ElizParkCoop
"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... Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Paul Allaer
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 morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Avid Reader
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 morePublished on May 5, 2012 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
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
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