An unorthodox teacher in Germany puts his class through an experiment in autocracy. It works way too well.
Directed by Dennis Gansel
Starring Jurgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Jennifer Ulrich, and Max Riemelt
Initial Review by Joe Setnor
Another character I really liked, and really it was more about how she was portrayed than anything, was Karo. A well-read and studious youth, Karo represents the opposition to her peers’ class movement. While seeming pouty at times, Jennifer Ulrich plays the role of contrarian quite well. What really makes her standout, however, is how Gansel presents her on the screen. Ulrich already standouts with eye-catching auburn hair, but throughout the film we see her dressed in red. Positioned against her white shirt adorned classmates, Karo looks the part of adversary while only simply being herself. We see this color theme carry itself into the big water polo match (did I really just write “big water polo match?) towards the end of the film when members of The Wave face off against a team dressed in red.
Before finishing, one last thing I want to make note of is the number of American references that were found in the film. I don’t consider myself naive to how the world has become more connected with the development of the Internet. However, I was certainly surprised to hear several American pop culture references like the Starbury One’s, Paris Hilton, and Tim referring to some other guys as his “homies.” On second thought, maybe I should be disapointed, rather than surprised.
I give the movie a B, and maybe even a B+ because the ending didn’t go exactly how I thought it might. It moves quickly through the plot, and overall I found the characters believable.