In the Fade, B
Rated R, 106 minutes
In German with English subtitles
The superbly-acted new German revenge thriller "In the Fade" is a powerful reminder of how grief and loss can drive us to revenge. The story falters in the film's uneven last act, but parts of it will stay with you after you leave the theater.
Katja's (Diane Kruger of "Inglorious Basterds") life falls apart in the blink of an eye when two neo-Nazis kill her husband and 6-year-old son in a bomb attack. Her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge as the two suspects stand trial for murder.
The thought-provoking drama "In the Fade" is written and directed by German director Fatih Akin and is most memorable for the strong performance from Kruger, who won the Best Actress award for the film at last year's Cannes Film Festival. As the flawed, grief-stricken mother who wants justice for the loss of her family, she carries the film through some rough patches in the film's final act.
The film works best as a solid courtroom drama, with some of its best moments as the back and forth between Kruger and two opposing attorney's, skillfully played by German actor Denis Moschitto and an especially memorable turn from Austrian actor Johannes Kris as a despicable defense attorney for the Neo-Nazi's accused of the crime.
Akin keeps the narrative flowing fine until the film's murkier final act, which provides an uneven, predictable flow to an otherwise solid, tense film. "In the Fade" is still worth seeing for Kruger's tough turn as a wronged mother out for justice.