Blutgletscher [The Station] (2013)

Blutgletscher
Director: Marvin Kren
Writer: Benjamin Hessler
Cast: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack, Felix Römer, Wolfgang Pampel, Murathan Muslu, Michael Fuith, Adina Vetter, Coco Huemer
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Glazius is a climate monitoring station in the alps. They’re keeping an eye on the glaciers, basically documenting their recline. When Janek (Gerhard Liebmann), the station’s constantly drunk technician, and Falk (Peter Knaack), one of the scientists, discover a red glacier made up of a peculiar, organic substance and Janek soon after sees a very weird looking animal, the climate change quickly becomes the smallest of their worries. Especially since Ecology Minister Bodicek (Brigitte Kren) is approaching with a small delegation.

Blutgletscher is Austria’s first creature feature and as such it is of course a historical movie. But it’s also a really cool movie that works perfectly – right up until the ending.

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I haven’t seen The Thing (I know, I know, my horror movie education sucks) but I know pictures of it and I felt myself reminded several times of those pictures. Which, I think, was entirely the intent of the filmmakers – to make an homage to it. And that works beautifully as far as I can tell.

But even if you don’t have The Thing at the back of your head, the movie stands perfectly well on its own. The atmosphere is tight, the backstory is interesting and as far as the science of it goes, it’s logical enough that I had almost no trouble believing it – which is a feat in and of itself.

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The movie wasn’t perfect. The special effects were sometimes a bit weak. There were a few gaps (like what the hell that one girl was doing in the mountains on her own, dressed like a volleyball player) and the ending misses a few beats and becomes too ridiculous for the rest of the film. Also, I would like, just once, to get a story where a woman had an abortion and it’s not the biggest mistake of her life and she regrets it so much and she’s still haunted by the voice of her unborn child. Ugh.

But the cast was really good (and I’m hypercritical of that with German-speaking actors and actresses). I loved the Minister – what a fun and brilliant character. Kren creates a lot of tension and a great atmosphere. And all of that makes for a great watch.

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Summarizing: definitely catch it.

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