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Review Plan B: Scheiß auf Plan A (2016): Flawed but fun throwback to Eighties action films!

genre: martial arts, action, comedy

Plan B is a throwback to the Eighties action flicks. There are many nods and references to famous titles and directors. Like John Carpenter and John Woo. For that alone, this film deserves a lot of credit.

Next to that is the action itself. Very well choreographed and pretty exciting, especially when you have characters performing stunts you weren't aware they were capable of those stunts. The main characters do a good job of playing these innocent wannabe stuntmen who by mistake get drawn into an adventure they weren't really prepared for. These friends have some great chemistry and provide most of the entertainment. Sure, there are some bigger names involved to give the events and story some credibility, but to be honest their roles could have been played by anyone else, and it would not have made a difference.

What is real refreshing that despite the predicament the main characters are in, the tone remains light and comedic. Although, there are moments where things get a little more serious. But to be clear, you should absolutely not take this film too seriously, since the main goal is for you to enjoy the action. Unfortunately, there are some flaws. I could complain about the story, but it's in service of the action and does enough to move events along. The biggest issue I have is the pacing. Plan B starts out strong with a fast pace. Only halfway through, the films seems to halt a little and take far too long to get to the next event. It's clear they were either running out of things to do, or they simply hadn't had the budget to come up with new sequences. If I had to guess, it's a combination of the two. In hindsight, they could and should have shortened the slow story parts and focus on the action. I mean, the interrogation scene takes far too long, and you already know how it is going to play out.

Overall, I liked the film and can see why Sylvester Stallone is going to produce the remake. BTW, he himself is being referenced to. Can is a huge fan of Cobra and constantly is quoting Cobretti while wearing similar dark glasses. One of the successful running jokes in the film. I do hope he is going to up the ante action wise. Otherwise, what would be the point?

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