After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.
Stefan de Walle,
Martin van Waardenberg,
Story playing at the end of the Second World War in Holland about Andries Riphagen, who is working for the SD. He is using his position for gaining wealth by betraying Jews. A young ... See full summary »
Jeroen van Koningsbrugge,
Max's ambulance is being held up by a small gang whose friend has a minor injury. Max, on his way to a woman who is giving birth with complications, hits a boy trying to unblock the road. The boy dies in the hospital while in the next room the baby and mother survive. Is Max a hero or a murderer?Written by
The opening credits include a statement by Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister at the time the movie was made: "We willen de samenleving terugveroveren op de hufters", or in English: "We want to recapture society on the bastards". See more »
Grading this movie with a "five" means grading as "doubtful".
The Movie starts with a quote from a Prime Minister from the Netherlands (from 08/10/2010 until 23/04/2012). A free translation of this quote: "We want to reclaim society from the bastards".
I resent that kind of promotion of collective fear, especially because of the way it came across to me in this movie.
In the beginning I was able to recognize what was happening; after several drawbacks and being torn between being considered to be a hero and a criminal the main character "Max" snaps BUT how this turns out in the end, was very unlikely.
I believe the film should have ended at the point where he drew a gun on those young bastards that were harassing him all the time. One of the intentions of Max was to balance the escalation level of this degenerated conflict I do not think that there would have been any other way the law really does protect bastards too much I guess.
Alas, Max kept on degenerating after that, and this is where I felt it became doubtful because how to reclaim society from the bastards when people like Max also become a bastard?! Until then, I think that he truly made a pretty successful effort to act sane!
On top of that I really wonder whether these annoying boys or Max represent the TRUE bastards of society
I guess not and I do feel that all bastards are basically full of fear and that the enemy is within US and it's called FEAR as well the FEAR for the need to defend yourself in situations as depicted in this movie, and the FEAR for yourself to do really bad stuff to other people ... to make a true effort to find out how "Room 101" needs to be prepared for someone you dearly hate ... an example of the danger of individual FEAR.
Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia ... another example of the danger of collective FEAR the FEAR that this Prime Minister and the movie makers are promoting
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