Berlin Syndrome (2017) Movie Review

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Berlin Syndrome (2017)

2017 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
116 minutes / 1h 56min

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Berlin Syndrome Plot Synopsis:

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man, and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.

Berlin Syndrome (2017) Review

Berlin Syndrome (2017) is a 1h 56 min Australian drama abduction thriller film that brutal and is based on Melanie Joosten‘s novel of the same name. The movie was shot in Berlin, Germany; Docklands Studios, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Australia and Germany. Director Cate Shortland (Lore (2012), Somersault (2004), Joy (2000), Flowergirl (1999)) gave us an incredible piece of work as she explores the idea of Stockholm Syndrome in a way that I did not expect to see. There is not much violence in this film because it is replaced with eeriness feeling lurking at every corner as Clare struggles through every day trying to escape. It was an unnerving movie to watch because we did not know what to expect next and what will be the outcome of Clare.

Berlin Syndrome revolves around shy Australian photographer Clare (Teresa Palmer - Warm Bodies (2013), I Am Number Four (2011), Lights Out (2016)) who wants to see/experience the world through her camera. Clare hit a crossroad in her life and perceive life differently afterward which led her to go to Germany. Clare tends to be awkward around most people but somehow manages to have a one night stand with a deadly encounter who appears at first to be the perfect guy for a one night stand. The guy is a local school teacher, Andi (Max Riemelt - The Wave (2008), Before the Fall (2004), Free Fall (2013), The Red Cockatoo (2006)), and he is not an average guy. Needless to say, Clare got more than she bargained for after she realized the next morning that Andi has locked her in his apartment which is secluded from everywhere and went to work.

Andi told her that it was an accident locking her in the apartment and acted normal but the next day was the same thing which made her realize that she is his prisoner and there is no way she could escape and no way of communicating with anyone outside of his apartment. I was amazed at how Clare thought of different ways to outsmart Andi as she struggles. I could not believe that Andi and Clare cared about each other and Clare sympathizes with him with their complicated situation. The movie reminds me of how so many people out there who feels trapped in their relationship and it is not because they are physically or emotionally abuse. All of the actors gave us exceptional performances as although I was rooting for one character to fall off the face of the earth and that is mainly because of his role in the film.

Berlin Syndrome is a film that will linger for months in my mind because it is not a movie that one can easily forget. The finale scene was outstanding. Berlin Syndrome is an abduction movie, but it differs in so many ways and does not feel like other abduction movies out there. I would recommend everyone to see this film at least once in your lifetime.

  • Berlin Syndrome Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.29
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

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About Berlin Syndrome 2017

Title: Berlin Syndrome
Year: 2017
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.64/5 stars from 18,764 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18,764
MPAA Rating: R
Berlin Syndrome Cast Starring: Teresa Palmer, Ray Hounsell, Malin Steffen, Max Riemelt, Claude Heinrich, Mascha Wolf, Lucie Aron, Morgane Ferru, Matthias Habich, Nadine Peschel, Cem Tuncay, Matthias Russel, Maia Absberg, Christoph Franken, Elias Esser, Mariella Josephine Aumann, Emma Bading, Peter Young, Thuso Lekwape, Viktor Baschmakov, Kristina Kostiv, Rene Barra, Lara Marie Müller, Engin Karavul, Vitus Wieser, Sasha Selezneva, Charly Thorn, Lara Marie Müller, Nassim Avat, Leon Baldacchino
Berlin Syndrome Writers: Shaun Grant, Melanie Joosten, Cate Shortland
Berlin Syndrome Director: Cate Shortland
Box Office: $23,300
Production: Vertical Entertainment
Language: English, German, Russian
Country: Australia