year is 2016. Solar flares have destroyed the Earthís atmosphere and
over four years the temperature has risen by 10 degrees Celsius, turning
the entire world into a barren wasteland. In this new post apocalyptic
dystopia, a group of survivors; Phillip (Lars Eidinger), Marie (Hannah
Herzsprung) and her younger sister Leonie (Lisa Vicari) head towards the
mountains where they hope to find a plentiful water supply. On their
way, they come to a gas station and while searching for supplies, they
are attacked by Tom (Stipe Erceg). After subduing him and then giving up
gas and fixing their car, Phillip offers Tom the chance to go with them,
which he accepts. Together they continue their journey to the mountains
where they encounter group of survivors who are not what they seem.
Hell is a nice film to look at. Due to itís subject matter, itís
very stark and overbearing, like the Sun that has scorched the planet.
The visuals are a big aspect of the film and the world is created
beautifully, as you imagine a burnt and barren planet would. The cast do
a good job with their material, but I found my attention lagging through
the film. The first 20 minutes had me pulled in, but after that my
attention began to waver. I just felt I had seen this same story before,
but done better. Hell is pretty much a German version of The
Road. Where that film was dark, cold and gloomy, this one is bright,
hot and overbearing, though the story is essentially the same.
Produced by German Director; Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day
after Tomorrow, 2012), itís fitting that a man who directed several
films about apocalyptic events that led to the end of the world, that he
would help produce a post apocalyptic film, after the end of the world,
in his native Germany.
could easily see a remake, with an American director taking the material
and adding a Hollywood effort to it, with a little more depth and a lot
more bang bang, but who knows. Could happen, right?
Cast and Crew Interviews
Behind the Scenes
Vision of a young Director
Making of: Cast
Making of: Storyline
Hell is dark science fiction about survival in the worst type of
conditions and the lengths people will go for their survival. Itís a
solid little effort, but it feels like a retread of previous material
without much of itís own original flair.