Rammbock: Berlin Undead
by Del Harvey
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A super low budget but highly effective zombie film from Germany, Rammbock: Berlin Undead puts an intriguing new twist on the genre.
The film begins when Michael (Michael Fuith) arrives in Berlin to win back the affections of brooding ex-girlfriend Gabi (Anka Graczyk). Michael is Heartbroken and clueless, and the stranger who gave him a ride tries his best to give Michael some good advice, but we can tell Michael doesn’t take well to good advice. And he’s in for a little disappointment: she’s not home. Instead he finds a pair of grunting laborers trying to fix the flat.
Before long one of them has succumbed to a zombie virus which is spreading through Germany like wildfire. No one is sure where it’s coming from or why, in large part because they are too busy running and fighting bloodthirsty hordes of zombiefied Berliners.
The younger laborer Harper (Theo Trebs) becomes Michael’s only companion. Survival makes for a lasting bond and after an overnight of terror spent holed up in Gabi’s bedroom, the unlikely pair must escape the infested building and outwit the undead. And if Michael has his way, find Gabi, before it’s too late.
The story begins rather slowly, but definitely builds well until we reach the ending, which makes up for the tepid beginning. Fair warning to all those gore-lovers out there; Rammbock is more character than bloodshed, so you may be a little disappointed. There is still plenty of action and suspense to keep your interest, however.
In a nutshell, filmmakers Marvin Kren and Benjamin Hessler have given us Germany’s first foray into the Zombie genre. Rammbock is an unlikely tale of love, terror and survival set against the dystopic backdrop of a zombie-infested Berlin.
Rammbock: Berlin Undead released on DVD and VOD on release June 28, 2011.
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Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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