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Soundless (Lautlos/2004)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C+



A cycle of thinking action films has sprung up in Germany, with Run Lola Run the most successful of them.  Though not a huge fan of the film, this critic thought it was at least interesting and ambitious.  Tom Tykwer has naturally become involved in other such projects, including producing Mennan Yapo’s Soundless (2004), involving a triangle that begins with the supposedly last assignment of hitman Viktor (Joachim Krol) the does not go as planned.


The twist is that he falls for Nina (Nadja Uhl), who he does not kill during the assignment because it was not “part of the mission” to the dismay of his assigner.  Then, when she is about to commit suicide, Viktor saves Nina and a unique affair begins.  While this transpires, Viktor is being pursued by the investigator Lang (Christian Berkel) and a sort of slow chase scenario beings.  The film is not bad, with a few action sequences worth a look, but it is not always able to bring things together to best effect and a combination of predictability and cliché keep it from further success.  Still, the acting, directing, pacing and attempts to do something different are admirable, but you can tell writer/director Yapo thinks the material is fresher than it actually is.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad, with some good detail and cinematographer Torsten Lippstock’s use of slight whitening of the frame for the hitman’s dream sequences and dream feelings when he is with the lady of his desires in real life is not overdone and holds in this transfer.  The film was a Dolby Digital theatrical release, but the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and it is best not to think that this is the best representation of the original audio mix.  The only extra is the original German Theatrical Trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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