The Hamburg crime scene “tyrant murder” has no time for the big questions.
Somewhere in South or Central America there must be this country called Orinaka, where Spanish is spoken and a dictator is in power who is only too happy to have his political opponents tortured and thrown in prison. Colonel Santoz, head of security for this “democratically elected” president, controls the measures that two annoyed officials on the German side have to take for President Mendez’s visit to Hamburg: Thorsten Falke and Julia Grosz. A more inconspicuous hotel would be better secured? “He needs the big entrance,” Grosz murmurs in a bad mood. Prevent demos? Out of the question in a democratic country, mumbles Falke.
But then Wotan Wilke Möhring gallops out of the city and into the prairie or dashes into the country, disregarding speed limits. Because a young man has disappeared from a fancy boarding school and this young man is the son of the President. Meanwhile, Franziska Weisz tends the stove at home or stays in front of the laptop; maybe the actress just didn’t have enough time for a more extensive shoot. In any case, Falke gets support on site from a young colleague with a dachshund look and a folding bike, Arash Marandi as Felix Wacker, a kind of sergeant Krause. First, Wacker wants to become a case analyst. In the end, he prefers to remain a provincial policeman and extensively photographs a “legaleis it” fun graffiti.
The Hamburg crime scene “Tyrannenmord” based on a book by Jochen Bitzer and directed by Christoph Stark strives for relevance and moral questions. There is talk of the end, the means and when they could be sanctified, of violence as a solution in extreme cases – Hitler and such (we didn’t think of Putin when “Tyran Murder” was filmed). But Bitzer and Stark can’t resist picking up the pace, swerving, laying another and another wrong track. Some of these tracks are a bit see-through. All of them mean that there is no time for complexity and depth.
In the “Rosenhag” boarding school, the future managers are taught “values and responsibility” – at least that’s what Marie Bergson, owner of the school (Katarina Gaub), says. Falke thinks it costs enough, the elite drill. He also immediately notices that Andreas Bergson’s (Christian Erdmann) political attitude does not go together with the fact that he is teaching the privileged children of the political and business elite.
Although privileged? Of course they have horrible parents, unsympathetic parents, and that doesn’t just apply to Juan, the dictator’s son, who may be faking his kidnapping – with the help of his girlfriend Hanna, Valerie Stoll, and his friend August, Anselm Ferdinand Bresgott. Because no one has heard of an “Action free Orinaka”.
But surely Carlos, the dutiful bodyguard of the President’s son, would have if such a group existed. José Barros as a bodyguard is a strong presence in “Tyrannicide” not only because of its size. Of all the transparent characters in this crime scene, he’s at least one that’s hard to pin down.
“Crime scene: tyrant murder” , ARD, Sunday, 8:15 p.m.