Anatomie 2 (2003)
By: J.R. McNamara on January 22, 2007  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Sony (Australia). Region 2, 4 & 5 PAL. 2.40:1 (16:9 enhanced). German DD 5.1 English, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish, Information, Turkish Subtitles. 97 minutes
The Movie
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: Barnaby Metschurat, Herbert Knaup, Heike Makatsch, Roman Knizka, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Frank Giering,
Screenplay: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Country: Germany
Germany has a wonderful history of making powerful, amazing horror films. From Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at the dawn of cinema, German horror films are generally respected worldwide…well at least until 2003, when this crap sequel to the wonderful Anatomie was released. One of Director Stefan Ruzowitzky's objectives with Anatomie was to prove that Germany could make a Hollywood-styled horror/thriller; it would seem that with this sequel he wanted to prove he could make a rubbishy, unnecessary sequel, just like Hollywood. If so, mission accomplished, Stefan!

Anatomie 2 tells the story of young intern Jo (Barnaby Metschurat) who, after his father dies from a degenerative muscle disease which his brother, Willi (Hanno Koffler) has also been diagnosed with, decides to become a doctor with a personal objective of finding a cure to his brother's malaise.

After seeing that Jo's medical abilities were great and he had a flagrant disregard for rules, Professor Charles Muller-LaRousse (Herbert Knaup) offers him a position in his group of interns, who under the umbrella of the Anti Hippocrates Lodge, are performing experiments in muscular enhancement on each other… but what has this to do with the suicides that have taken place within the hospital's intern staff… and who really cares? When previous victim of the Lodge, and now police agent with a special anti-Anti Hippocrates taskforce, Paula Henning (Franka Potente, who either owed Ruzowitsky a favour or needed a plane ticket to the US) turns up, you know things are getting serious…

It would seem that between the filming of Anatomie and Anatomie 2, writer/ director Stefan Ruzowitzky saw Trainspotting, and enjoyed it so much, that he decided to film the sequel to his 2001 film, Anatomie, in the same style. Danny Boyle could probably sue as some of the scenes are so similar in style and tone. Sometimes it feels as though there may be an attempt at an anti drug message as well, but I just wasn't sure, or I just didn't get it. This story seems to swing and miss on every pitch: the Anti- Hippocrates in the first movie were a Lodge of men and women dedicated to science… in this film they have devolved into a gang of drug addicts who think they are modern Frankenstein's. This is a shame, as the actors all seem to be competent at their craft. Franka Potente's role feels both tacked on at the last minute, and useless at the same time… like the rest of this film, a waste.

Another issue with this film in comparison to the original is that of the subtitles. Whereas the subtitled version of Anatomie was the only way to watch it, Anatomie 2 seems to have terrible subs, that according to my miniscule understanding of German, weren't accurate to what the people were saying, and in some occasions didn't even quite make sense. Another small issue with the subtitles, but this time with the mastering of the DVD, is that every time you watch a special feature, you have to return to the main menu to reset English subtitles to run, which becomes frustrating, especially when you realize how much you are wasting your time.
Anatomie 2 is offered in 2.40:1, 16:9 enhanced widescreen, and features crisp and clear images throughout with no artefacts. The biggest problem with the picture in this film is the movie itself!
The audio is presented in German, in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is a clear and pleasant soundtrack.
Extra Features
The director's commentary is performed by Ruzowitzky and Metschurat and at no time do they apologize for this terrible, terrible movie. Ruzowitzky does, however, mention that the idea for doing a sequel was brought about due to pressure from it popularity in the USA. It is always interesting to hear (or in this case read) a commentary from both actor and director's perspective. Occasionally though, this commentary seems to ramble into unrelated territory.

There are a series of deleted scenes (3 minutes 58 seconds) which can be watched in several ways: with or without the director's commentary and you can actually watch the director's commentary be filmed and recorded.

Making of Anatomie 2 (16 minutes 38 seconds) is a decent enough making of documentary, which is more than this film probably, deserves. It has a few interviews with the cast and crew and a touch of special effects stuff, but doesn't really have much substance.

The Screen Tests to Film Comparisons, unlike the film, are quite interesting and amusing. These seem to be rehearsal footage form three scenes from the film: Jogging, The Kiss and Muller-LaRousse dies. There is an incredibly scary scene amongst this footage where one of the actors suggests he'll be back for Anatomie 3…please, no!!!

There are text filmographies for the director and most of the main players.

Photo Gallery is a scrolling slideshow of images from the film with scary music played over the top…yawn!

The Artwork section takes you to a single picture of the theatrical poster for this film that smells so much like I Know What You Did Last Summer, it ain't funny!!

There are also trailers for Anatomie and Anatomie 2.
The Verdict
While writing this review I tried to think of words to describe it: dull… silly... ludicrous… until finally the phrase 'sucks balls' came to mind. Whereas the first Anatomie was a psychological thriller from a female protagonist point of view, this film's masculine slant tries to incorporate more action into the story, and just becomes absurd. I will say though, the actress who looks like 7 of 9 from Star Trek is pretty hot, so one star for that.
Movie Score
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