Alfred Hitchcock once said said that "movies are real life with the boring parts cut out." Lukas Valenta Rinner's movie is the opposite of this in every respect: it isn't real life, which is fine, but he only left the boring parts in, which isn't.
Parabellum left me confused and puzzled. I don't know whether to think it is a genius or absolute nonsense. Good cinematography but the script is whether too smart or wasn't worked through just enough. However, I feel there is something in it.
I quite liked the basic premise of turning apocalypse preparation into something mundane, but actually that adjective probably sums up the film as a whole. My biggest problem is that I suspect we are supposed to think there's something more to this film than meets the eye, meaning it is not only dull but pretentious as well. Disappointing.
The concept is very promising, the apocalypse kept out of frame, we only see a glimpse of it. What we get is basically a survival camp, we get to know a bunch of casual people. The dialogue is absolutely minimal, so is music, which is great and adds to the mood. It's hard to connect, understand or care about the characters in this film. Somehow I felt like watching random fragments from Big Brother in slow-mo..
Cold, thoughtful, peaceful. I enjoyed it but be prepared for a slow 75 minutes if don't like long near-silent film. The sound design does a lot of the work here over the script or cinematography. The cinematography itself is bleak, overcast but also attractive. Long, wide takes that feel more invitational than loaded. A film that's more interesting the more you contemplate it.
One for Sound designers! - Enjoyed watching this, slightly self-conscious, art-house film. Slightly Goddardesque eavesdropping on the actors (like the radio scene in '2 or 3 things'), Wes Anderson-like humorous classical framing. Amazing wealth of soundscapes: listening to the various perspectives of the jungle sound world is well worth watching the film for! Sparse musical material also, but sensitively placed!
This film didn't really have much to say. I felt as though there was probably a lot going on beneath the surface, but with very little of it being communicated to the viewer, it was hard to maintain any interest. Looked nice, but there's not much more I can say about it.