Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

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Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a scientist visiting Berlin, accompanied by his wife Liz–interpreted by January Jones (Mad Men)—where he is supposed to attend a biotechnology conference. Dr. Harris accidentally leaves behind a suitcase at the airport and he only finds out when he is at the entrance of the hotel. He decides to take a cab back and claim his luggage. Unfortunately, he suffers an accident on his way to the airport and falls into a comma for four days. When Dr. Harris wakes up, he only remembers scattered images from his life, but without any documents in his possession, he cannot prove he is who he claims to be.

Dr. Harris is released from the hospital and returns to the hotel where he and his wife are supposed to be staying. Upon finding his wife at a reception, he realizes that she doesn’t recognize him, and worse yet, another man claiming to be him is posing as her husband. With the help of a private investigator—a former Stasi member—named Jorgen (Bruno Ganz, Downfall) and the female cab driver who saved his life in the accident (Diane Kruger, Inglorious Basterds), Dr. Harris has to find proof of his existence.

Frank Langella (Frost vs. Nixon) co-stars as Dr. Harris life-long friend. Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Black Book) also co-stars as Dr. Benttler.

For most of the movie is unclear why two assassins are chasing Dr. Harris around Berlin. One only suspects that it may be related to the contents of the suitcase left behind. The acting is good and the pace is fast, so there’s no boredom despite one being kept in the dark for most of the film. My suspicions about the plot turned out to be wrong by a long shot, but the actual story turned out to be somewhat silly.

Too much mystery and car chases do not a good movie make.