Rammbock: Berlin Undead
(R, 1:01:45, Released 2011)
|Release Date:||May 6, 2011|
|DVD Release Date:||Jun 20, 2011|
|Starring:||Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily McKenna Cox, Katelijne Philips-Lebon, Steffen Munster, Andreas Schroders, Harald Geil, Brigitte Kren, Sebastian Achilles|
|Directed by:||Marvin Kren|
|Synopsis:||Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much to Michael's concern, Gabi's not home; instead, he meets Harper, a teenage plumber's apprentice at work in her apartment block. Together, they manage to barricade themselves when raging hordes of infected people swarm the building. Surrounded by these thirsty zombies, Michael and Harper have their hands full to survive - and it will take all of their ingenuity to make their way out to try and find Gabi. -- (C) Bloody Disgusting Selects|
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December 24, 2011
In the genre of apocalyptic zombie horror, Rammbock has an aura of blunt charm and unsophisticated gall.
July 16, 2012
An awesome zombie movie! A little short. But still very good!
July 11, 2012
**1/2 out of ****
I give any director credit if they can at least surpass George Romero's more recently bland attempts at reviving the genre of the undead. Newcomer Marvin Kren has done just that with "Rammbock: Berlin Undead", one of those new age zombie flicks that defines the very word "zombie" very differently from how the classics did. No longer do the dead come back to life and attack the living; they never seem to have died anymore in the first place. Now, zombies have become anyone with a radical virus that alters their perception and sanity. Here, the zombies are merely rabid human beings; and the outbreak is fatal and large in scale. It begins on a very typical day and goes for a few more after that. It could really just go on forever. But this isn't about the eternal struggle; it's about a singular struggle, then one shared within a team of people who still hold on tightly to their minds and flesh.
Michael (Michael Fuith) goes to Berlin so that he may visit an ex-girlfriend of his named Gabi. He misses her dearly, and can't wait to see her again, but when he arrives at her apartment the only one in the room is a mechanic working on her furnace, and then the mechanic's assistant who comes soon afterwards. The mechanic attacks his assistant, and the boy fights back. This is followed by chaos in the streets that can be seen from the apartment window(s). Rabid humans are flooding Berlin in large groups; fast, furious, and hungry. The assistant - Harper (Theo Trebs) - and Michael decide to work together in an effort to save their skin (for as long as they possibly can). Other people in the apartment complex remain untouched by the virus, and they communicate with each-other from across the building; up, down, left, and right.
But of course, the girl is always on Michael's mind. Since he stays in Gabi's apartment for most of the film and only reunites with her again within the second half of the narrative, every little thing reminds him of her. A bear suit that she wore in photographs found on her digital camera. Her forks that Harper wishes to use as ammunition for a home-made slingshot. This is where "Rammbock" makes a solid attempt at being something much more than just your standard zombie movie. It also tries very hard to be a tale of redemptive romance; although whether it succeeds in such fields is completely up to the viewer. As it is, I'm not entirely convinced by it all.
This has all the qualities of a genuinely good movie. The camerawork is really moody and the Berlin setting is utilized rather creatively. There's plenty of bloodshed to please the type of people who enjoy these zombie movies, and the zombies themselves are pretty nice looking and never do they appear too over-the-top or underwhelming, like some tend to. The problem is that this film - which has so many good qualities - is only an hour long. Yes, you heard right: just 62 short, forgettable minutes. Add on another thirty and you might have had the necessary character development and compelling narrative. The themes probably would have come full circle. And the movie ends just when it's about to get awesome. Maybe there will be a sequel someday. I hope it continues the story like it was meant to be, because this just left me unsatisfied.
But still, I like what Kren is getting at. This is not necessarily a good film but it is good filmmaking, I can acknowledge that much. In a manner of speaking, it's very much style over substance; but the style almost is the substance. It's gritty, brutal, and also quite "real"; which is what I like about it the most. But it's way too short, and I can't say that I ever really gave a shit about any of the characters. Stronger writing was needed in this department. But otherwise, you've got something that is at least entertaining and well worth a gander whether you're a zombie lover or not. That's more than I can say for whatever Romero's making these days.
November 1, 2011
Although Rammbock didn't have as much violence and action as a zombie flick should have, it was still pretty good. I thought it did a good job of holding tension and putting some very ordinary characters in a seemingly hopeless situation. The ending was really good, as it was just perfect for the main character's development.
Overall I can't say this film is that great. It's not that it was slow, but it didn't pick up the way it should have. It's definitely worth a watch, but it wasn't exactly awesome.
December 2, 2010
Best Zombie flick I've seen in a good long while and not a bad love story either. Focuses on the sociological and the personal as opposed to the Zombies themselves, just like Night of the Living Dead. At 61 minutes this one's really fast paced so theres no room for bullshit. Recommended.
November 15, 2010
"Siege of the Dead" (Rammbock) is fast-paced with very few wasted seconds in its 61 minute run time., serves up a few thrills and splats and will keep zombie/infected fans entertained.
September 6, 2013
The best zombie movies lately have been coming out of foreign film industries. This is a very short and honest look at a virus outbreak that feels a little too real. At least until the ending which I won't spoil except to say love will find a way.
fb1062817870October 11, 2012
Not your typical zombie movie, certainly. For one thing, it is German. For another, no heads explode or are chopped off, and there is very little blood or entrails. There is very little anything, unfortunately. It takes place almost entirely inside an apartment complex, and spends most of its time with only two characters locked in a room. It does try to focus on interpersonal relations, so I'll give it some credit on that point, but only some.
March 26, 2012
An extremely short yet fulfilling movie, most of the characters are fairly unlikable (until the end) and it lingers into some boring moments, especially because of it's low budget nature there isn't too much zombie action, however this movie is only 61 minutes. That's right! 61 minutes! Thus all negatives are negated, because there is more than enough good to make up for most of it's shortcomings.
PROS: Only 61 minutes, the end is great, has unique snippets
CONS: Unlikable main characters, amateurish at parts
January 13, 2012
Enjoyable if somewhat standard zombie set-up, though it is different in the fact that it's an apartment block in Berlin instead of the usual American settings, so it has that going for it.
A man trying to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend finds himself searching for her amid the chaos of a zombie outbreak, with fairly expected results.
January 6, 2012
thought this was really good. only complaint was it was way too short. its only 64 minutes long. Could have been longer.
August 10, 2011
A very well done seemingly low budget zombie movie. I do feel like it was a bit short and rushed though. Effects and makeup were great. I only wish there was a little bit more zombie killing. The acting was good although I feel like there was an overall lack of emotion throughout the entire film. Everyone just seemed blah.