One of the most brilliant films I have ever watched that made it into my list of favorites from the first five minutes. If you are a fan of movies centered on hackers, this is by far the best one you can watch regarding this topic.
“Who Am I” a.k.a. “Kein System ist sicher” is a German 2014 mystery movie that catches your attention from the start. Baran bo Odar is the director of this astounding piece of art, and I did not even know it until after I watched the movie. He is responsible for this year’s best Netflix original TV Show called “Dark.” He is also known for his work in “The Silence” and “Unter der Sonne.” If you are familiar with at least one of his masterpieces, you should already know that you will love this one as well. Odar’s specialty in directing is something, and it is evident throughout the entire film.
Benjamin (Tom Schilling, “Before the Fall,” “Generation War,” “A Coffee in Berlin”) is nobody. However, when he meets the charismatic Max (Elyas M’Barek, “Die Welle,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “The Physician”) this changes. They both love hacking. Together, they assemble a team of four ruthless hackers called “CLAY.” Their only desire is to become better than the number one hacker in the world. Benjamin now is no more a nobody and becomes one of the most wanted hackers in the world.
The entire plotline is described to the audience through the narration of the main protagonist, Benjamin. The story begins to unfold piece by piece smoothly through the explaining of the events and the parallel scenes that accompany it. If it was not for the narration, the film might have been a bit more confusing especially if you are not familiar with the hacking world. Moreover, the story reminds us of another familiar hacking TV Show “Mr. Robot.” That is mainly because both of the main characters of the two pieces are driven by their desire to go against the world order through their hacking power.
Additionally, the other central aspect of the film getting you hooked from the beginning is the acting of the main character. He is not a familiar actor or, at least, he was not for me. However, his ability to make you sympathize with him is magnificent. Schilling also manages to make you question his motives and his inner world. One minute you are aware that he might be a dangerous guy and the next you start feeling sorry for him. That actually goes on until the end of the movie where the whole magic of the storyline lies. Will you trust him? Who is Benjamin after all? Is “Benjamin” even his real name?
“Who Am I” was one of those films I pick out when I want to watch something bad. However, my choice this time had nothing to do with trashy movies. Watch “Who Am I” and experience another masterpiece coming from Odar. You will love it.
I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.
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