Antikörper (Antibodies)

2007

Antikörper (Antibodies)

Critics Consensus

It's derivative and its more ambitious aspirations don't amount to much, but Antibodies remains a reasonably diverting and well-made thriller.

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When a notorious German serial killer is captured after committing some of the most heinous acts against humanity ever imaginable, a farmer and police officer from a sleepy rural community on the outskirts of Berlin is drawn into the case as he searches for the answers to a murder that has shaken his tight-knit community in director Christian Alvart's tense psychological nightmare. Gabriel Engel (André Hennicke) is the most depraved kind of predator imaginable. In his brutal and bloody killing spree, Engel has preyed on not only adults, but defenseless young children as well. Now Engel has been captured by the authorities, and the shaken citizens can all breathe a little bit easier. All except for Michael Martens (Wotan Wilke Moehring), that is. It's been a year since young Lucia Flieder was found viciously slain, and the citizens of the community that Martens presides over are growing impatient as they await the capture of her killer. Engel has admitted to 14 murders, but he has staunchly denied any connection to the Flieder case. Nevertheless, he claims to know the identity of the killer. Before he entrusts Martens with the sensitive information, Engel demands that Martens allow him to engage in a total psychological evaluation of his interrogator. With a convicted maniac gradually working his way deep into Martens' fragile psyche, an urban police force who derides the rural lawman as an ineffective incompetent, and a family life that is slowly coming unraveled, the once determined police officer slowly feels himself succumbing to the madness that encircles him with each step closer he gets to realizing the true identity of Flieder's killer.

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Critic Reviews for Antikörper (Antibodies)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7)

  • Antibodies brings together a philosophically minded serial killer, a devoutly religious cop and a cynical filmmaker clearly itching to go Hollywood.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A German thriller that isn't shy about ripping off The Silence of the Lambs.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film's pace is brisk enough to maintain our full attention. Antibodies is not so much an art house movie as a well-made, commercial thriller that happens to be in German.

    Feb 15, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Instead of reinventing the procedural mechanics of the serial-killer drama, filmmaker Christian Alvert adds to its current state of retardation with desperate atmospherics and a cheap disquisition on sex and religion.

    Feb 15, 2007
  • Like Hannibal Lecter with dentures, Antibodies lacks bite but still disturbs.

    Nov 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • It's a frightening, cleverly scripted picture that has much sport with the supposed contrast between the fresh innocence of countryside and the inherent corruption of the city.

    Nov 18, 2006 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
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Audience Reviews for Antikörper (Antibodies)

  • Sep 05, 2013
    One of the best serial killer thriller ever, filled with religious reference and cruel psychological torment. The film constantly challenges vierwers' psyche and makes you think about what is going with the events and who is the real killer of Lucia. Great performance from everyone and shockingly blatant in it's graphic details, a grand German film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2011
    This was a great movie for three reasons. First, perfect pacing. It starts off pretty interesting, builds up in the second act by presenting questions, and in the third act has you dying to know what's going to happen next. The ending scene was done really well, although I can think of an outcome I would have liked way more. The pacing of this movie was done almost as well as Das Experiment, confirming my prejudice that Germans are just awesome at planning shit out. Second reason this movie was great, it blurred the lines of morality. Good vs evil isn't just overused, it's unrealistic. In the real world, there are no good or bad people, but there are plenty of people trying to be "good." Antikoerper presents a conflicted main character who comes off as very human, struggling to be a good person while his "bad" animal instincts are being awakened. The blurring could have gone further, it could have gone into how good/evil is purely subjective, but for what it did, it did it very well. And lastly, there's the killer. I loved this guy. He's one of those bad guys who just loves being bad. He mindfucks the main character into questioning everything he knows, sets up an awesome plot, and has the mannerisms of both a sadistic bastard and an evil genius. And yes, the awful german language helps his intensity. If I had to nitpick, some of the decisions the main guy makes are a bit out there. Not so out there that you'll be like, WTF?, but just out there enough to make you think it's kind of unrealistic. Still, it earns the four stars I rated it.
    Alex M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2011
    I wasn't impressed by this movie at all. It's just way too derivative of other movies to be any good. There's also the good vs evil bullshit and it's just the dirt worst. It would help if the main actor had any decent screen presence, but this guy had no real presence at all and on top of that, he just wasn't a good actor. The best actor of the entire movie was the killer but his character also felt forced and over-the-top. The movie, realistically, isn't well put together. The pacing is the shits and the story isn't even that interesting, yet the movie STILL goes on for 2+ hours, and let me tell you, that was a battle to stay awake. It isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but it is a very tedious experience to sit through a movie that's been done, and much better, millions of times before. I'm sure some people will enjoy what this movie has to offer, which isn't much. Thankfully, having seen this on netflix, it really cost me NOTHING to watch this movie and that's probably the best think about this movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2011
    Splendid German made serial-killer thriller. Yeah it's very similar to the likes of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Se7en" but it's's still gripping and grisly enough for fans of the genre to enjoy with a plethora of twists to keep you hooked till the end. André Hennicke is creepy in the extreme as the sick paeodophillic killer. The films ending is an odd one but it doesn't completely ruin the film. Worth a watch!
    Lee ? Super Reviewer

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