Steig. Nicht. Aus! [Don’t. Get. Out!] (2018)

Steig. Nicht. Aus!
Director: Christian Alvart
Writer: Christian Alvart
Remake of: El desconocido (2015)
Cast: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Hannah Herzsprung, Nora Huetz, Jasmina Al Zihairi, Fahri Yardim, Mavie Hörbiger, Christiane Paul, Carlo Thoma, Emily Kusche, Aleksandar Jovanovic
Seen on: 14.9.2018

Plot:
Karl Brendt (Wotan Wilke Möhring) comes home from a business trip on his wedding anniversary and he has plans to surprise his wife Simone (Christiane Paul). But he is delayed and in the usual morning hurry, there is no time for surprises. Instead Karl takes their kids (Emily Kusche, Carlo Thoma) to bring them to school. But as they all sit in the car, his phone rings and a guy tells him that there is a bomb in the car that will explode if he doesn’t do exactly what it’s told.

Admittedly, watching Steig. Nicht. Aus! was mostly an act of desperation for me as the film library in the plane was a little sad. I didn’t have high hopes for the film and I was right not to have them, but mostly the film was okay.

The film poster showing Wotan Wilke Möhring.

Steig. Nicht. Aus! doesn’t have a bad cast altogether, but it is mostly the Möhring show. He is good, no doubt about it, but I did regret that Herzsprung didn’t get more to do in the film – she is fantastic and really underused here. That this is the best thing I have to say about the cast is doubly condemning because the cast is definitely the best thing about the film.

The plot, unfortunately, doesn’t have much to offer. There is nothing there that we haven’t seen before – and I haven’t even seen the film it is based on. Even so, not all of the plot points work out the way the film thinks they work – and that’s just shoddy.

Wotan Wilke Möhring in the film.

Plus, the ending is so forced in its happiness, it doesn’t work at all, either. Just because – and yeah I guess that’s a spoiler, but only if you’ve never seen a film – the bomb is defused and Karl gets to go home, his marital problems are also over? That’s really not how relationships work.

But in any case, if you just want a film to watch and don’t want much from it, well, Steig. Nicht. Aus! is watchable. It just really isn’t anything special.

Hannah Herzsprung in the film.

Summarizing: okay, but you won’t miss much if you don’t see it.

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