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Language: English
Category: Movie / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Original Title: Hell
Director: Tim Fehlbaum
Writers: Tim Fehlbaum,Oliver Kahl
Released: 2011
Duration: 1h 29min
Video type: Movie
Three friends -Französin (Lilo Baur), Franzose (Marco Calamandrei) and Leonie (Lisa Vicari)- living on a hot world due to the rise of temperatures head to the mountains, on the way the will encounter more than one obstacle. The first one will arrive on an oil station where they will meet an hostile men who will try to steal something of their car while searching for supplies on the inside of the oil station. Once gone, in the middle of the way they will be get trapped on the road and while part of the team search for oil on a car one of them will be abducted by a group of others men. Then, the real problems will just have started.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilo Baur Lilo Baur - Französin
Marco Calamandrei Marco Calamandrei - Franzose
Lisa Vicari Lisa Vicari - Leonie
Lars Eidinger Lars Eidinger - Phillip
Hannah Herzsprung Hannah Herzsprung - Marie
Stipe Erceg Stipe Erceg - Tom
Hans-Peter Recktenwald Hans-Peter Recktenwald - Flüchtiger
Yoann Blanc Yoann Blanc - Sohn Micha
Christoph Gaugler Christoph Gaugler - Brückner
Angela Winkler Angela Winkler - Bäuerin
Nino Böhlau Nino Böhlau - Flori
Ellen Schweiger Ellen Schweiger - Oma
Lutz Pretzsch Lutz Pretzsch - Anton
Luca Winkler Luca Winkler - Jens
Tammo Winkler Tammo Winkler - Toni

The title 'Hell' is the German word for 'bright'.

First German film to win the grand prize at Fantasporto.

The film takes place in 2016.



Reviews: [25]

  • avatar

    Araath

    To start my review: "Hell" means "Bright" in English.

    It is a rare thing, even nowadays, a German film studio realizes a serious, dark film which has nothing to do with World War 2 or family drama.

    Hell plays, without giving away any spoilers, in an post-apocalyptic scenario in which the sun burned everything down. People try to survive. You know this kind of scenario from movies like "Mad Max" or "The Book Of Eli". However, the sun aspect gives it an unused touch.

    The actors do a great job in making us believe they are in big trouble. In the bright parts as in the dark parts of the movie. The antagonists are also believable in the movie's logic.

    This is the first feature film directed by Tim Fehlbaum. On the one hand, you can argue he is copying big Hollywood films, which I would not disagree. On the other hand I find it kind of brave to show the German audience that a post apocalyptic movie can also be made in Germanym, with near Hollywood quality and with a small budget of about 5 million Euros. The style is amazing, the scenario believable.

    Plus, the film does not show any CGI effects beside the extreme sun bloom, which is done digitally and very good. Everything else is based on the characters and their "path" to survive and find better places to live. The story itself is not very innovative but decent to watch, thrilling and without major flaws.

    As a conclusion: This movie is underrated in my opinion. It is brave to make such a movie in Germany, if you compare most of the other German movies from the past 5 years, excluding "Die Welle (The Wave)". "Hell" is well-paced, has good actors and a good director who knows what he is doing. If you like films like this, you will not get bored.

    Sure, "Hell" never reaches Hollywood-big-budget blockbuster quality and the sets are pretty limited. However, as a genre film, which are SO rare in Germany, it works and it is sad this film did not have success at the box office. It deserved better. Especially when looking at the future of German filmmaking, which I do not want to be Til Schweiger-only.

    8 / 10
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    Jugami

    Jeez,

    Some of the reviews on here are tough. This is a well acted, well shot creepy post-apocalyptic independent film!

    Is it perfect? What film- or for that matter what work of art- is perfection? It seems that IMDb has become a meeting place for all the review-trolls on the internet. Let's all log on and say how bad everyone's attempts at art are.

    Do any of these reviewers know the artistry it takes to shoot and cut together a film like HELL? I say kudos to the entire crew and certainly to the cast which were all top notch actors.

    Did the other reviewers watch the same film I did?

    This is hands down one of the best films I've seen recently.
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    Zbr

    No matter what the language I do love a post apocalyptic thriller.

    This has an excellent start, and kept my interest right up to the credits. The backdrop is set very efficiently in the first few minutes of the opening scene, where we meet the main characters.

    The characters are intriguing (and as it turns out) quite believable.

    As the title may suggest this particular post apocalyptic world is fairly hazardous (aren't they always) and there is a good degree of tension as the characters try to deal with a hostile environment, and each other.

    Great acting, no special effects. We aren't treated to a deserted Berlin sequence but the settings in the countryside are simple and professionally handled - you can almost taste the dust.

    The only two gripes I have with the film is about a quarter of it is shot in darkness which I don't approve of, and I wanted the action to last a bit longer.

    If you are a fan of post apocalyptic movies then this is a must see
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    Grotilar

    The movie premise is almost the same as "The Road", you could see this one as the German The Road with less money spent in the process.

    Hell starts in a world where 10 degrees hotter sun scorches the earth and leaves no animal or plantation standing still and so, very few humans living on it's land.

    Survivors are forced to live at night and sleep in day, in isolated places, caves or someplace that does not have any direct sunlight because more than 2 hours on the sun will get your skin burned forever and die.

    Water and food are scarce and our protagonist had to use all kinds of techniques to get it, this was a nice touch in the movie.

    The starting point is beautiful and excellent, nicely filmed and the movie has a nice pace up to the point when they meet the "dangerous people" for lack of a better world that will possibly spoil the movie for you.

    At that point, although the movie does not stop it's progress, it slows down a lot and the movie suffers from an apparent lack of new ideas to come forth so, the rest of the movie focus on their escape and nothing else.

    So much could be done with this premise, explaining why the sun has behave like this or seeing what other places of the world or cities become, but, due to money constraints I could picture why they didn't do this... still, being that the first part of the movie is great, not all is forgiven. The actors are far better than you would expect and in fact Hannah Herzsprung simply rocks in this one, this girl has a true survivor "sticker" all over her face and still, you will root for her, even when it's obvious.

    With this kinds of actors and an excellent first act, the movie suffers a pale second act in comparison, putting this movie in the "good" category where it could have been "great".

    Still, nice sci-fi end of the world movie that has a very good concept and nice suspense attached to it.

    I give the movie a plus bonus for not being that harsh as The Road on some scenes where the director prefer to leave us to imagine things instead of just showing us so, if you care about the level of graphic violence on movies you can be sure to find very few graphic violence on Hell and this is a nice touch, of course you will see people killing each other but it's rare on this one and when it happens it's done without blood or shocking scenes like The Road does. 80% suspense and guaranteed to like if this is your style.

    If you don't know what to watch on a Sunday night, this one is a sure bet even with it's flaws.
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    Whitegrove

    Probably the best thing about Hell is that it shows how The Road would turn out without the media frenzy: almost unnoticed and scoring averagely on IMDb. This might not be the best way to start the review, yet as the movie progresses one starts wondering whether Hell's authors could have chosen a different path. Either way, the result is a straightforward post-apocalyptic thriller.

    The advantage of not having a major studio in the background is the absence of pretentiousness. If you're into such movies, you'll like it. If not, you won't go to see it in the first place. In my opinion, this only adds to Hell's artistic merit.

    I can't tell whether the title (meaning bright in German) is a wordplay on purpose or a slip of a tongue, but this is a pleasant surprise for a German-Swiss production.
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    Castiel

    To begin I must say that I didn't know that hell means bright in German. I always thought this movie was called HELL by the meaning it has in English and this was the idea of the director. Reading some previous comments I see it's not like that… It seems the director wanted this film to be called HELL just by the brightness and not for the other meaning. But after watch it I can say that in my opinion it can be called by both meanings because both of them fit very well in the plot and the message of the movie! Brightness is constant in the movie, but they also live in a world that really seems like hell!

    The plot begins in the year 2016, after a sudden and brutal increase of the global temperature of the Earth. The Sun is brighter than ever and the water is rare and valuable. It's hard to survive in this apocalyptic scenario because people are in a constant search for food and water… We can't see any vegetation (just the trunks of the trees) and the animals died thirsty.

    HELL is an action film that resembles to MAD MAX, mostly in the scenario and this background of the apocalyptic world. But it's well done; the settings are really good as they provide us a vision of a desert world full of death and not life; Action is effective and suspenseful, some good fighting scenes are done; Directing and camera work is very nice too. Acting is also fine.
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    Gugrel

    The plot: Scavengers in post-apocalyptic Germany try to survive global warming, thieves, and cannibals.

    I wasn't really all that impressed with Hell. It starts off promising, like a German version of The Road, but it eventually abandons all of the post-apocalyptic themes in order to focus entirely on a crazy cannibal family. Cannibalism has always been a popular aspect of post-apocalyptic movies, but I think Hell really doesn't get the balance right. Way too much time is spent on the crazy cannibal family, and I'm really not all that fond of "escape from the crazy cannibal family" movies. They're all basically the same, and it's become way overdone in recent years. This is actually one of the better crazy cannibal families, but it's still kind of boring.

    I liked the post-apocalyptic aspects of this movie, and I thought that it could have been much better if they'd focused more on that. They could easily have kept the crazy cannibal family, but don't make the whole movie about that. After escaping from the cannibals, they could have found a post-apocalyptic town that was using slavery to rebuild. Or they find a sick man who wants food and water. Should they give up some of their rations for someone who will probably die soon anyway? But, no, they just run into a stereotypical cannibal family and try to escape. Boring.

    If you're desperate for post-apocalyptic movies (or you still want more cannibal horror movies after seeing Wrong Turn 8), this is a pretty decent choice. If you're looking for something exciting, different, and new, then I'd say you should pass.
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    Dusho

    The sun has become brighter, the earth, hotter and drier. What life remains must hide in shadow and scavenge for survival.

    Four travellers, in search for running water in the mountains, run into an ambush, where the younger of two sisters is captured.

    This post apocalyptic parable deals with the standard issues of trust, leadership, honour, hope, and of course survival.

    Although not populated with the living dead, this film walks in the footsteps of legions of Zombie movies. Where it perhaps stands out is in the credibility of the pretext and unambitious scale of the story.

    Very competently cast and directed and resisting the temptation to resort to gore and shock tactics: it reminded me very much of 28 Days Later.
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    Wenes

    The idea of the Sun scorching everything is interesting and also an excellent pretext to make a low-budget movie that doesn't look low-budget (see also Blair Witch etc.). Beautifully shot, it is unusual enough to be worth seeing. The problem is the film isn't, in fact, about surviving in a time when the Sun destroyed everything, but this excellent idea is just an excuse for yet another "Wrong Turn" movie. Had they stayed on the idea of a scorched Earth movie, it could have been a memorable one. But they didn't, so you'll just remember it as "that European Wrong Turn with very strong light".

    Also, the ending isn't an ending, it just looks like they spent all money and had to go home, or they went as dry of ideas as the world in the film and had to go home. A film that won't bore you at all, but in the "end" you'll be disappointed it didn't have better ideas.
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    Ynneig

    My girlfriend rolled her eyes when I told her I had a nice German movie for us to watch, however she enjoyed it as did I as its a well made thriller. I've gotta say German movies are an extreme rarity for me and I'm totally into international film, they don't seem to make any good ones I've heard of. This however is top notch from the offset, acting, lighting, camera work and pace it wasn't long until I forgot I was watching a German film. Very much in the vein of The Road but with a lot more action (and a lot less thinking tbh) I think 'Frontiers' meets 'The Road' is an extremely apt description, if you liked either of these movies then you'll enjoy Hell.
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    Hystana

    Tim Fehlbaum's Hell depicts planet Earth as a barren, desolate wasteland that was once infested with blooming life. The cinematography of the dry, insufferable heat is so containing and properly handled that it almost bathes the viewer in hot flashes to the point where I was totally willing to step outside with no coat in the middle of Chicago cold. In terms of look, feel, and liveliness, it's a seriously effective thriller. As a film adding to the recent popular but rarely impressive genre of post-apocalyptic thrillers, it's more or less the same thing we've grown accustomed to.

    Hell (also ridiculously titled Apocalypse in some retail chains) has one major selling point and that's its producer, the iconic German filmmaker Roland Emmerich, who has made a name for himself in the field of disaster films such as the American adaptation of the Japanese Godzilla series and Independence Day. Perhaps his producer's credit was earned in the fact that he saw a bit of his most recent film (at the time), 2012 in Hell. Unlike his picture which hammed up the nonsensical action and took almost nothing seriously in a long, winded two and a half hour film, Hell capitalizes on character relations and subtlety rather than tossing special effects at the viewer in an apparent contest.

    We are placed in 2016, and learn immediately that the Earth has warmed at unprecedented rates, increasing 10°C because of solar flares destroying the atmosphere of Earth. The few survivors must shield their skin with excess clothing, gloves, smocks, and anything they can potentially protect themselves with from the increasing heat of the sun. We soon meet Marie (Hannah Herzsprung) a young woman traveling the ruins of parched roads with her boyfriend and younger sister. After picking up a man who claims that he can help them, (right after almost killing all three of them for their diminishing water supply) the three make an unplanned stop leaving the sister left in the car, which has its windows covered with newspaper and barricaded off. She is taken by a group of survivors who thrive on cannibalism in this newfound hellish world, and after her boyfriend splits, Marie and the hitchhiker attempt to recover her younger sister before she is subjected to uncertain doom.

    Fehlbaum treats his characters respectively, not having them shout ridiculous lines, or commit acts of impulsiveness with not even a shred of a thought process as to why. He makes grand use out of his small cast of newcomers and on top of that, creates crafty tension with his co-writers Oliver Kahl and Thomas Woebke using long, uncertain shots that focus either on characters or dried-out, empty landscapes.

    But the kicker here is the wonderfully captured, hauntingly displayed, almost blinding cinematography, that cinematographer Markus Förderer personifies into its own character rather quickly. He opens the picture showing off the film's inherently brutal climate with no points of being intrusive or to irritate the casual viewer. It's all a means to concoct suspense and atmosphere for maximum effect. Fehlbaum's Hell has its share of ups and downs, and after a while, you begin to realize you're seeing the same type of areas over and over again. Like movies of its genre, it fluctuates between interesting and not, repetitive and enticing, and beautifully stylistic and much of a muchness. Thankfully, its negative traits are minimized because the film never overstays its eighty-nine minute welcome and provides us with smarter entertainment than I'm sure many of us were expecting.

    Starring: Hannah Herzsprung, Stipe Erceg, Lars Eidinger, Lisa Vicari, and Angela Winkler. Directed by: Tim Fehlbaum.
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    lets go baby

    Writers had not to rack their brains to describe what should happen if climate would change so dramatically: there are many areas in the world where this already happened; for real...

    The story works perfectly through a continuously thrilling narration about two sisters looking for water into the mountains, but the actual protagonists are the light and the dust. Good photography and fine acting.

    I am proud to see European productions doing so well.

    Cannot understand the reason why IMDb rate is so low!

    ****/5
  • avatar

    Kiaile

    According to the director himself (who was at the Fantasy Filmfest screenings this movie had all over Germany in 2011), he wasn't aware of the fact, that his title could lead to misunderstanding. He always meant it to be the German word "Hell" (which translated into English means "Bright"). It's a nice thing he was earnest and the fellow seems like a very nice guy.

    Which can't be said about a lot of the characters in this movie. Unfortunately after a very strong beginning though, he movie falls back into clichés. And not good ones. Add to that some weak acting (there is an older German TV soap star on board who is particularly bad. The director told us he got her into the movie, but that she didn't seem to grasp the ideas they were trying to portray ... which seems to be sort of an explanation concerning her "acting") and a so-so script and the movie does get weaker towards the end.

    Which again is a shame, because I like the idea and I think it's a good thing they dare to make a genre movie in Germany. Of course the director being in every city made the movie win an audience award. People even told me they gave the movie a better review because he was so likable. That's nice for him, but shouldn't affect the voting process in general. But there you go: Not great but not a really bad movie either
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    Mave

    Hell is German for Bright (just so you know) which doubles nicely in English for an afterlife destination of torture and burning for unfortunate souls.

    Unlike other people that are "into foreign movies" but haven't seen any good German movies...(Ahem where have you been exactly?) I can name you a few titles that are surely worth the watch. This would be one.

    This movie relies strongly on the acting for the impact, and boy are they good at it. Where I felt like kicking the annoying kid, and cringed at the moralizing tone they made -the ever so phenomenal- Viggo Mortensen spit out in The Road,I was very pleased with these rather real humans roaming the remainders of scorched earth.

    It walks parallel with the Road yes, but I don't see other options for the last humans really other than to cheat, kill and hurt each other for survival.
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    Throw her heart

    Tim Fehlbaum, Screenwriter and Director of "Hell", has sure taken a difficult and unrewarding challenge upon himself: to make an original post-apocalyptic film, and a good one. And despite what those who enjoy complaining would say - he has done a pretty good job!

    Unlike most films, "Hell" keeps things disturbingly realistic, portraying a world in the near by future where global warming has made temperatures dangerously high. All the too-familiar motives of such films are there - scavenging for food/gas, water as the highest currency, some people turned to savages by the harsh reality, distrust and bonding, all of it. And even so, after The Road, I Legend, Book of Eli etc etc, Hell still proved to be very enjoyable. It even has some vampire-films motives, especially "Stake-Land".

    Acting, screenplay, cinematography, all weren't innovative, but still good. All in all I've always enjoyed the more realistic post-apocalyptic films, and Hell is definitely one worthy of watching!
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    Bluddefender

    Imagine you are a writer/director who saw 'The Road', and now want to make a movie ''just like that'', but you lack the budget, the cast, and the writing. Your result may resemble 'Hell', a German foray into the post-apocalyptic genre. Don't get me wrong here, being a fan of both dystopian narratives and German film, 'Hell' really did pique my curiosity, but sadly failed to meet expectations.

    What does appear striking is the strong Road semblance its creators obviously wanted to give the whole thing (even down to the canned peaches). What may have doomed the whole enterprise from the get-go is the fact that Hillcoat's adaptation of McCarthy's novel is one of the best pieces of post-apocalyptic fiction ever made. Setting the bar at this height does not bode well for Fehlbaum's endeavor.

    Heightened solar activity has heated up Earth's atmosphere, leaving its surface an inhospitable and barren place, where plant life no longer can sustain the blistering heat. The remaining survivors fight for Earth's scarcest resource – water. Rumors have it that water still can be found in the higher regions of the German Alps, destination of our group of survivors (Marie, Leonie, and Phillip).

    Evidently the movie was shot on a very tight budget. The only noteworthy CGI is the bloom effect of the glaring sun, which is simple but does its job. Other than that, the film does little to convince us of the inclement world the characters amble around in. There are no money shots to speak of (crucial to establishing a fictitious world), the only rewarding part in sense of immersion is the rest area right at the beginning. Whatever set-up comes after this locale appears ill-conceived and lackluster.

    The cast does not really seem to grasp their characters, either, dealing further detrimental blows to the credibility of 'Hell''s world. Worst, by far, is veteran actress Angela Winkler, whose delivery is at times comical. Throughout her entire screen time she doesn't seem to be able to make heads or tails out of her role. To a lesser degree the same is true for the rest of the cast. Hanna Herzsprung's decisions are hard to follow, her acting is random at best. The same goes for Lars Eidinger, who apparently is unsure whether Phillip is an coldhearted realist, craven opportunist, or takes heart from Marie's actions and mans up after all. Only Stipe Erceg is able to bestow some depth upon his rendition of Tom. All of this, however, does not stem from bad acting per se – it appears rather obvious that the character design was poorly executed, accompanied by a weak director's vision for the characters at hand.

    This also manifests in many inconsistencies throughout the film. The dangerousness of the sun, for example, ranges from 'deadly' (2 hours of exposure will burn your skin) to 'bright' where people simply 'cannot see so well' but otherwise couldn't care less if they are exposed to the supposedly deadly sunlight. It is pretty much self-explanatory what this does to the referential frame of the film, and it leaves a staunch sensation of arbitrariness.

    Another dubitable decision is the movie's pacing. Suspense-laden slow takes work well in stretches where this exact sense of suspense is supposed to be conveyed. To choose only slowly paced takes will eventually tire the viewer and lose his attention. And at times, the scenes drag along like the nets of an Atlantic trawler. All in all, 'Hell' has a net screening time of approx. 80 minutes, which is not a lot – but with the few events actually going on on-screen, everything could easily be wrapped up in 30 minutes or less. In addition, slow paced takes are usually a staple of the horror genre, with often visceral effects resolving the tension abruptly in a shock effect way. The overuse of this technique gives 'Hell' more than a hint of horror shocker, and in the last third of the film you are not sure what genre you are actually finding yourself in. Whereas the themes and motives are the same as in 'The Road', the genre seems to have shifted in 'Hell'. Statements about the human condition in 'The Road' have given way to a capitalization on shock value in 'Hell'. Which in my opinion is a poor artistic choice.

    All in all, I still welcome Fehlbaum's attempt at post-apocalyptic film-making, a genre (among many others) neglected by German cinema, although the outcome as such fails to convince. I wouldn't go so far as to call 'Hell' bad (it certainly is not good), but its flaws render the whole enterprise disappointingly boring and lackluster. However, this shot at a German post-apocalypse is maybe necessary to spark further attempts and may set the stage for more stringent and enthralling works. Or so I hope, at least.
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    Dianazius

    Hell (German for bright) is a nice little German contribution to the post-apocalyptic genre. The story evolves around a small group of survivors in post-apocalyptic Germany: solar flares have destroyed the earth's atmosphere and global temperatures have risen. In the day the sunlight is so strong and hot that travelling outside during daylight hours is dangerous. As in many movies of that genre the law is simple: Homo homini lupus...

    A good production and decent acting make this little flick one that plays in the major league of the genre. Good.
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    Anarus

    This turned out to be a surprisingly good thriller; minimalistic and quick paced, and visually well done. Set in a near-future world devastated by a 10 °C rise in temperatures and blinding sunlight, everything looks very much the part of the post-apocalyptic setting. Good cast, too - Hannah Herzsprung and Stipe Erceg, both stellar in The Baader Meinhof Complex, also do a good job with the sparse dialog here as the desperate protagonists searching for the last of the water. Not your usual Hollywood sci-fi fare with million-dollar C.G.I. and flashy explosions but still taut with enough action to keep you on edge. More reminiscent of the French New Wave Horror movies like Alexandre Aja's High Tension and Xavier Gens' Frontier(s), only this is a much quieter film without all the gratuitous gore.
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    Mikarr

    Picture this: you've been barely surviving in a post-apocalyptic over-heated world for 3 long years. People have become savages, fighting violently over food and water which are extremely scarce. You are aware that malicious humans lurk everywhere. You drive along, and suddenly you nearly crash into an obviously man-made roadblock. Do you really stop to look around? Do you actually scatter, have a stroll? Do you leave a young girl in the car alone? Doesn't this look to you like a very obvious trap? It should - but certainly not to the morons in this movie. They get played over and over like a bunch of ninnies by a family of semi-retarded hillbilly cannibals!

    The movie has a very bland, unappealing look, a great problem with most modern (horror) films. If you're colour-blind, you miss out on nothing - the movie has only two colors; green for indoor scenes, and yellow for outdoor scenes. Yeah, I get it; the Sun has expanded, it's very hot all the time, bla bla bla. The temperature went up by 10 degrees, not bloody 100 C! The indoor greenish hue is almost a coincidental or at the very least ironic tribute to "Soylent Green", an old non-greenish movie that must have exerted some influence on this movie's creators.

    Speaking of which, that was no surprise at all. The stench of cannibalism followed this movie from the very start; it was obviously going to play a role at some point. And yet another such movie presents cannibals as people with super-human strength and skills. But eating human flesh doesn't give you any such powers or we'd all be munching each other by now, right? Where did these people develop such dexterity, speed, and even web-throwing skills? I have seen seasoned Texan cowboys who'd be jealous of the precision with which these man-eating buffoons catch their prey with mere webs. Anyway, this family would have to be much larger in order to carry out such a successful operation.

    Nor do I find a speck of logic in a family of savage, butchering cannibals saying their PRAYERS before every meal – aside perhaps in a horror comedy directed by a young Peter Jackson. Real (ex-Christian) cannibals would have dropped the Bible and God a long time before starting to stalk, maim, butcher and cook random humans. Even though I'm an atheist, I'd have to side with the religious sheep on this one; a true Bible-hugger is less likely to start killing people for food (and not even temporarily but as a way of life) than a non-religious person, simply because a religious nut has larger barriers i.e. bigger walls to pull down in order to commence engaging in an activity that is so blatantly Satanic. I am not saying violent sects don't exist, but this is CANNIBALISM we're talking about.

    Besides, I see plenty of trees and other vegetation here. I don't see how this green-surrounded family had to turn to cannibalism so quickly.

    The older sister is a bona fide retard; she makes all the dumb decisions, one after another. Her biggest blunder was giving away the location of her wounded hence vulnerable boyfriend to a woman she'd just met 5 seconds earlier – in spite of already having realized that someone had set that roadblock as a trap. So 3 years of bare-knuckle struggling in a post-apocalyptic dog-eat-dog world hadn't taught this woman anything at all? If she were really this stupid, my guess is that she would have been dead a long time before this wee cannibalistic adventure even began.

    The less said about her younger sister, the better. She is a spoiled, back-stabbing, dumb, egotistical little brat, and yet it's expected from us to actually care about her ongoing rescue efforts? Couple that with her group's overall stupidity and I see no reason why we should not root for the cannibals to eat them. It's not as if anyone has a future anyway in this totally bleak, hopeless wasteland. (Unless there's a sequel in which the Sun starts shrinking again - which could make for a great comedy.) Hence the predictably inconclusive ending; the plot simply had nowhere to go.

    Still, for a German movie it wasn't badly done. 4/10 is probably the pinnacle for them.
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    JoldGold

    A German post apocalypse movie ? Last time I saw something resembling one of those movies was Wim Wender's UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD . You remember that don't you ? The world ends in three hours and everyone stands around discussing the human condition in a film so dull , pretentious and talkative you'll be thinking that Michael Bay is perhaps a misunderstood Orson Welles in comparison so I went in to HELL with some trepidation . No need because whatever its faults HELL is a unpretentious mainstream international horror movie that one rarely sees coming out of Germany

    That said it is heavily flawed and ill thought out . The premise involves solar flares that has scorched the Earth destroying civilization and making it impossible to stay out in the sunlight for any length of time while at the same time evaporating the reservoirs and food chain . Or has it ? This is the major flaw of the film it's never consistently explained what effect this has on individuals or human society . A character claims two hours exposure to the sun light is near fatal but this scenario collapses when given serious thought . Early in the film two characters haggle over swapping water for petrol and one character replies to the other he'd get more " in a city " . So cities still exist in this post apocalyptic world ? The logic behind the plotting revolves around the idea there will be water in the mountains and if you suspend disbelief for long enough you can perhaps see the logic in this to a degree but too often the storytelling draws attention to the ludicrous nature of the plot . The reality is human beings would die without water in three days . If the taps in the cities stopped working the human race would almost certainly die out before people would consider cannibalism to survive. It's also illogical to assume that only a handful of people have come up with the bright idea to head to the mountains . This is what's known as contrived plotting and HELL is full of these contrived plot turns

    Some people have referred to this movie as " A German version of THE ROAD " . They're right to a degree but I was also constantly reminded of 28 DAYS LATER . The original premise of the solar flares becomes quickly forgotten the same as the infected become forgotten about in Boyle's film as both films share a common ground of " Would a woman prostitute herself in unpleasant circumstances to simply survive ? " . HELL doesn't really explore this idea too much as it's trying to be a commercial horror movie and to be fair for a low budget horror from Europe it did manage to keep this audience member involved in this segment . Like 28 DAYS LATER it does often feel like its two films stuck together

    In summary HELL is an uneven mixture of good and bad . One can't help thinking the producers had two films . One film featuring civilization collapsing due to solar flares and another featuring a backwoods brutality tale featuring mountain cannibals and merging the two to come up with one unsatisfactory movie . If you're a fan of the horror genre you'll like it and it's good to see a German film that doesn't feature either war guilt or introspective pretentious brooding . But like so many other horror films you also can't help noticing how dumb situations and characters in this genre can be
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    Musical Aura Island

    Fantastic movie, abrupt ending, really no ending to speak of. It's actually not fair to call it an ending. There really wasn't an ending. I really enjoyed the movie though. This movie is so hard to find! OMG! I got lucky and found it on ebay for $2 shipped b/c I ordered 20 other movies, ha! A bunch of prepper and business movies. Thanks!
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    Tto

    This movie starts out very much as described in the bible, the cataclysmic events on earth, not by a deluge, but by an intensified global warming, that ultimately destroys most of humanity. It is the survival of the fittest with little or no interest in one another survival. Although the actors portray their parts convincingly, the great disappointment of this movie is the part, when the main characters encounter a so-called farming commune that are shown as Christians. Here we have a blatant attack, portraying Christianity as a bunch of self-consuming degenerates, while all along giving the impression of being pious and helpful, but all along with ulterior motives. If the same scenes were to make reference to the Jewish faith, there would be an huge outcry of antisemitism by the international Jewish community against it. One can only wonder, why there is a total silence against the movie makers of this kind of film by organized Christian establishment.
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    Groll

    So i did not have high expectations of this movie, it's what you resort to watching when you've seen close to everything on Netflix. I was pleasantly surprised. I was so sad when it was taken off Netflix. It turned me on my back essential in surprise. People might say its not original, post apocalyptic, and survival wise but i really enjoyed it. It's definitely a good watch.
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    Bev

    This post-apocalyptic thriller is pretty average and tame stuff when you compare it to similar genre-efforts from elsewhere in the world, but it's worth a watch for the competent handling, decent acting and effective use (or rather processing) of light, and also interesting if you're wondering about the current state of German-language cinema.

    German cinema (including Austria/Swiss) has a few profound problems which prevent it from being as respected as it once was, not least is the (perceived) poor marketability of films which have nothing to do with the war/wall and aren't one of the countless comedy/drama/romance efforts (the all-conquering "schnulli" genre). Other issues are:

    1) films with dark subject matter have little light relief or switch of mood.

    2) in such films characters are drawn so starkly they generate no relationship with the audience (and thus no sympathy).

    3) the film-makers tend to trust convention, there's very little experimentation.

    There was a brief renaissance in the late 90's/early 00's with Lola Rennt & Das Experiment which avoided these pitfalls, but the success of the overrated Das Leben Der Anderen and the deserved respect Goodbye Lenin & Der Untergang received may have pushed film-makers looking beyond the usual guff for inspiration into conservatism.

    Die Wand ("The Wall", not actually 'the' wall) was an attempt to correct the 3rd point, but it failed to do anything about the first two. It was very well shot so deserves a look, just as "Hell" deserves a viewing, which while repeating these 3 pitfalls does at least execute its premise competently, and does a decent job in making us believe in its atmosphere.

    No question German/Austrian/Swiss cinema is going through an overlong mediocre phase, and ultimately the derivative Hell isn't going to change that.
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    Faell

    Masterful and chilling, Hell is a film that was tragically overlooked when first released. Despite winning the Fantasporto award and being acclaimed at several festivals, it deserved a wider and more appreciative audience. The director has certainly embraced the style of the great German auteurs of silent and early sound film and made their genius his own. In his hands, the cast gives performances that are virtually breathtaking. Working within a minimal budget with imagination and skill, the crew make the situation seem all too real. One of the better films to come out of Germany in the last few years, do not deny yourself the incredible experience that is Hell.