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LKA researcher Murot falls for a con man and is confronted with his past. In the latest concept thriller from Wiesbaden, everything revolves around the karma of the same name. You can read how well this works here.
What is happening?
During a nightcap after a well-paid and unofficial presentation to insurance executives, Commissioner Murot (Ulrich Tukur) begins dating an attractive young lady at the hotel bar: As a man of the world and who understands almost everything, the LKA investigator has a few particularly good ideas for her Scrabble – not noticing how the woman pours knockout drops into his red wine. The next day, Murot wakes up in his hotel room with no memory of the previous night, but mostly without a wallet.
The inspector prefers to keep the embarrassing incident a secret from his colleague Wächter (Barbara Philipp), which proves difficult: that same night, the IT expert of a multimillion-dollar and suspicious investment company was murdered in the same hotel – and the recordings from the surveillance cameras show that the temptress of Murot and the murderess are one and the same person. But that’s not all: for the commissioner, the femme fatale is also a glimpse into the past.
What is it really about?
“Murot and the law of karma” already has its proper message in the title: everything is somehow connected to everything else, good deeds have good consequences. And vice versa. Still, the film is much less experimental than its predecessors.
As is so often the case with Murot, it really depends on what you want to see: anyone expecting a classic Sunday thriller will probably knock out the Wiesbaden detective at some point – albeit a little later than usual. Hessischer Rundfunk seems to be the audience’s loud critique: The film isn’t nearly as crazy and unusual as the zombie hunt from “Attack on Guard 08” and other previous productions.
The holiday film shown at the beginning and alluding to the young Murot and his love at the time is not from old archives. But from YouTube: Cameraman Max Preiss discovered it on the channel of a Dutch couple who shot the film in Super 8 and put it online.
How was it?
8.5 out of 10 points. “Murot and the Law of Karma” may not be the strongest film starring the Wiesbaden investigator, but it’s still a real gem in the thicket of German Sunday thrillers. In addition to the strong ensemble, the light-dark lighting concept of the aforementioned Emmy Award winner Max Preiss contributes to the harmonious atmosphere.