Johann Rettenberger is a successful marathon runner and a serial bank robber. His addiction to the passion, the kick, the exercise and the symmetry of the perfect robbery propels him to take off for a regular fix—as often as three times a day.
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Not so much a crime film, but a psychological portrait of a man obsessed, or one could say "driven". It seems that he robs banks not for the money, but to satisfy his obsession with running, which isn't fully satisfied in the marathon races that he wins. He needs to run in a way that is more meaningful to him, to run for his life. Classical music helps give this film a feel of a psychological study, not a crime flick
Genuinely exciting, exhilarating and enjoyable achievement from director Heisenberg that follows a man fresh out of jail who is as fixated in his obsession with marathon running as he is in robbing banks. This tale of obsessive behaviour is fascinating and its somewhat clinical look only adds to the fascination. Acting is understated and effective and direction is crisp and austere. Highly recommended.
Only works as a thriller---in fact,the robberies and each getaway are what the film is about. One troubling point--why did it take the cops so long to realize that a newly released bank robber was behind this spate of robberies?
Riveting and suspenseful chase thriller about a recently released bank robber who spent his days in prison training as a runner in order to better elude police, and upon his release embarks on a string of daring robberies. Pares down the thriller to its most essential elements, and takes the audience for a ride. Taut, tense, and sharply directed.
Même si la froideur des personnages et de leurs sentiments est inhérente à ce genre cinématographique et à une certaine société autrichienne on est pris par cette destinée et par sa dernière course inéluctable et fatidique. C'est très bien fait et ça vous suit comme un cauchemar. Dommage que rien ne soit donné quant au pourquoi sinon une triste noirceur des choses.
A truly cinematic experience in my opinion. Yes maybe a bit empty in term of character backstory, still an entertaining and interesting philosophical and psychoanalytical movie. The ending really, really reminded me of the one featured in Hunger by Steve McQueen. Maybe it was inspired by Hunger by the use of atmospheric scenes instead of dialogue-driven movie. I truly liked the film.