The trend towards lighter “crime scenes” on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. continues: After twice Münster and Weimar, Til Schweiger’s first “Actionkino” hit in 2013 at the “Desired crime scene”. In fact, ” Welcome to Hamburg “forget that you” only “watch TV.
On the seventh “crime scene” election Sunday on the ARD there is the fifth “case” that does not follow the classic crime drama concept of the series. No social analysis, no psychodrama, no experiments – just summer entertainment. Indeed? “Tatort” goes cinema – this is how you could summarize the long-awaited, critically eyed and often hostile debut of the commissioner played by Til Schweiger from 2013, who has now been chosen as the “desired crime scene” and on Sunday, August 2nd, 8:15 pm O’clock, is repeated in the first.
The German cinema star at the “crime scene” – that was a sensation at the time. At that time, 12.6 million viewers wanted to see Commissioner Nick Tschiller’s debut. It was the highest number of viewers of a crime scene episode in almost 20 years. Even if there was always criticism afterwards, long breaks and a terrificly failed “crime scene” movie followed – things that recently led to an aesthetic restart of the Tschiller films – “Welcome to Hamburg”, the first Schweiger “crime scene”, can still be seen.
Til Schweiger plays the ex-SEK professional Nick Tschiller, who moved from Frankfurt to Hamburg because of his broken family. There, in his first case, he is dealing with a tough human trafficking mafia, in which the firearms sit loosely in the belt. During a housing review in the once futuristic 1970s hell of Hamburg’s North City, Nick Tschiller and colleague Yalcin Gümmer (Fahri Yardim) run into a wasp nest. The booth turns out to be a hiding place for underage prostitutes. Unfortunately, the pimp gang arrives at the same time as the two police officers to pick up a few girls for work. A brutal exchange of fire that lasts for several minutes follows. In the end, three gangsters are dead and Tschiller’s funny Kiezvogel colleague Yalcin (Fahri Yardim) is in the hospital with a gunshot wound. But there is also an encounter of the diffusely eerie kind in the first scenes of the film. At the scene, Nick sees his old Frankfurt partner Max Brenner (Mark Waschke) for a moment, with whom he lost contact two years ago. Did Max end up undercover in Hamburg? Or did he change sides?
Dust-dry Bruce Willis memory jokes
With Tschiller’s new colleagues – including the great Britta Hammelstein (“Hannah Mangold and Lucy Palm”) – the methods of the ex-SEC man did not really arrive in the area. Chef Holger Petretti (Tim Wilde) sees the neighborhood peace at risk, which the police have probably closed with the powerful Astan clan – this group is apparently responsible for the prostitute booth in City-Nord. When Nick Tschiller comes home that day, perhaps the toughest test of the film awaits the heroes who are getting worn down in Bruce Willis fashion throughout the film. His 15-year-old daughter Lenny (Schweiger’s real daughter Luna) demands a breakfast egg from his father and that – according to the running gag of the film – the action father simply does not want to succeed …
In fact, the film by genre specialist Christian Alvart manages to meet the high expectations of Schweiger’s “crime scene” debut. Based on the aesthetics of American cop films from the 80s, “Lethal Weapon” or “Die Hard”, for example, his new “Tatort” 2013 created terrific, entertaining entertainment in optical cinema quality. In addition to Schweiger’s typical, dust-dry Bruce Willis memory jokes, the humor was the main factor, thanks to the bleak, moody interludes of Fahri Yardim, who supported Nick Tschiller with a schnapps snout and clever computer earth tricks from the bedside. “You and your loneliness and this violence and all the blood,” the police chief is upset in a scene about his new employee.
One could regard this horror as a tongue-in-cheek replica of the extensive criticism of the Schweiger “crime scene”, which many critics accused of misusing the cult crime brand for their own PR purposes before considering the end product. But: The finished film is probably one of the most entertaining and definitely the best “crime scenes” in terms of action. And that Germany still loves its – often bulky and chronically insulted – movie star, as the choice of “Welcome to Hamburg” as the repeat “crime scene” of the week proves.