Antikörper (Antibodies)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Antibodies brings together a philosophically minded serial killer, a devoutly religious cop and a cynical filmmaker clearly itching to go Hollywood."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
"A compelling mixture of "Silence of the Lambs" and the biblical tale of god commanding Abraham to slay his son Isaac--believe it or not."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"As an exercise in watching a bad guy burrow too deeply into a good guy's head, Antibodies proves more gross than psychologically unsettling."
‑ Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News
"Like Hannibal Lecter with dentures, Antibodies lacks bite but still disturbs."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"A German thriller that isn't shy about ripping off The Silence of the Lambs."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Antibodies is fairly riveting, thanks to Alvart's command of craft and tone. He's a director to watch."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"a sophisticatedly modern noir thriller that sorts the sheep from the lambs."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Alvart adorns everything in portentous biblical trappings but is more interested in sleek visuals and rug-pulling gimmicks than his protagonist's (histrionically handled) moral conflict."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Steeped in religion yet shot through with moral ambiguity, this disturbing psychological thriller breathes new life into the moribund serial killer movie."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Com vastas referências a Se7en, O Silêncio dos Inocentes e O Homem de Palha, é um filme cujas excelentes fotografia e montagem constroem uma eficaz atmosfera de tensão. Ainda assim, torna-se previsível em seu terceiro ato."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A tangible sense of evil lingers over this German serial killer shocker, but the introduction of religious symbolism tips the action into self-conscious melodrama."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"It's a consistently tense ride."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
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