Christmas Crossfire Review

This black comedy is too sedate and long to be effective

Rony Patra -

Christmas Crossfire Review
Platform
Netflix
Format
Movie Rated
Genre
DRAMA
Language

What is the story about?

Free-spirited Edda bumps into Sam one night and convinces him to drive with her to her village to attend her father’s Christmas party. Unfortunately, on the way, Sam ends up being chased by a ruthless gang for stopping a murder, while Edda gets mixed up in many dangerous scenarios in trying to get help for him.

Analysis

Black comedies are all the rage in world cinema nowadays, and with a studio/platform like Netflix, a number of film industries all over the world add their own flavour to the genre. At a time when everyone looks for the family-friendly fare to watch during Christmas, the idea of setting a comedy of errors with blood and violence around Christmas is certainly a novel one. Writer-director Detlev Buck certainly had the right idea in mind when he starts off the movie, but as time wears on, you start getting restless. There’s nothing new in a film that references classics in the genre—from Fargo to The Mexican—but it all seems very safe and content within its comfort zone. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, it will, unfortunately, pale in comparison to Netflix’s global slate of black comedies, and even at a shade under two hours, this film feels unnecessarily long. There are substantial stretches when nothing much happens, and even the entertaining climax feels a tad contrived.

Performances

Kostja Ullmann and Alli Neumann are entertaining and share great chemistry as Sam and Edda. Sascha Alexander Gersak is menacing as Hermann. Buck himself appears as Sigi, a prominent character in the last half of the film.

 

Music & Other Departments

Konstantin Gropper and Alex Mayr’s score is lively. Armin Franzen’s cinematography is top-notch, and he elegantly shoots the messy climax.

 

Highlights

Definitely the climax, where a drunk person keeps shooting in the entire village as she pursues Sam and Edda.

Drawbacks

At least 15-20 minutes could’ve been shaved off this film, and it would’ve made it more fun. Also the climax is way too long for comfort.

Did I enjoy it?

I found it okay.

Do I recommend it?

Watch it if you have nothing better to do.



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