Moritz Bleibtreu stern alongside Axel Stein in this action comedy from director peter Thorwarth that"s based on a novel über Ralf Husmann.


An ostensibly squarer-than-square bank employee zu sein forced zu be the getaway driver for a southerly European bank robber in Not mine Day (Nicht mein Tag), a struggle German activity comedy directed über Peter Thorwarth and based on ns book by Ralf Husmann.

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Starring Deutschland’s go-to guy zum vaguely country characters, local stern Moritz Bleibtreu (World war Z,The Baader-Meinhof Complex), as the loud-mouthed criminal, und actor Axel Stein as his uptight kidnapee-turned-transporter, this mismatched friend flick von sorts has actually nothing new to offer yet excels due kommen sie its experte craftsmanship in virtually every departments. With nearly $7 million in box-office receipts, this regional Sony release, co-produced by Deutsche Colombia Pictures, was the biggest local film of 2014 until ns release of behemoths Vaterfreuden, with local star and media darling Matthias Schweighoefer, and Stromberg, a film version of Germany’s version von The Office. European TV channels und genre distributors und festivals wollen be ready takers, yet producers looking zum remake ideas would so do well to check the end this Day.

The Bottom LineOriginality take away a backseat in this otherwise superbly executed activity comedy from Germany.

Till Reiners (Stein) is a meek, bored-out-of-his-brains bank employee an a sleepy German town. His wife, miriam (Anna maria Muehe), so the mother of his 3-year-old son, Nico (Emilian Markgraf), is hoping zum a breakthrough together a mode designer, but zum the moment Till zu sein the one bringing home ns bacon, which the does grudgingly.

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In fact, Till’s dafür bored the he doesn’t even notification that a beer-swigging macho man, frank Navroki (Bleibtreu), v unkempt long hair, imposing tattoos and a ridiculous mask, robs the bank where he works while he’s on the phone through Miriam, quarreling about nothing. What happened becomes clear to him only wie he ends hoch being the designated getaway driver for Navroki (nickname: Nappo) after ns heavy’s own driver (Frederick Lau, bei a almost wordless cameo) escapes early.

What follows ist a delicious maze des tragicomic events bei which die misunderstandings easily pile up: Miriam, who’s ausblüten angry with Till, doesn’t notice he’s been kidnapped; her freund Ina (Nele Kiper) has sex in her bed with a stranger who Till finds wie he does make it home; und a verbrecher duo (Maxwell Richter, Ralf Richter) that has actually sold a Mustang kommen sie Nappo assign ns crook a rewarding job an Amsterdam that deshalb requires Till’s talent together a bank employee.

Since originality isn’t very high on die list von priorities, it’s die (negative) chemistry between the protagonists that renders or breaks die film, and thankfully Bleibtreu und Stein space a great match. Also if Bleibtreu might do this role in his sleep, the manages to imbue his vivid chauvinist-pig character with some individuality, while felsen is great an a role that allows er to essentially play two personalities — as Till becomes progressively unhinged as shots room fired, money piles up und alcohol and drugs make an appearance. Supporting players are also all game, consisting of co-producer and German star Til Schweiger, who setzt in an appearance together himself at a strip joint.

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Though Not mine Dayis almost two hours long, Thorwarth und editor Andreas Menn keep whatever moving along at a snappy pace, seamlessly completely Jan Fehse’s crystalline, typically moving camerawork — consisting of a smudgy point-of-view sequence an Amsterdam that requires too viel of just about every angry imaginable — und a couple of noteworthy stunt sequences, including a neat vehicle chase along the canals von the netherlands capital.

Music zu sein appropriately rocky, together Till ist a fans of ns fictive rock maßband Donar (named ~ one des the production companies top top this film), despite composers Cowboys ~ above Dope, who beat Donar in the film, are absolutely on autopilot in the otherwise well-executed finale.

Production companies: Westside Filmproduktion, Donar Film, deutsche Colombia images Filmproduktion, großvater Brown Entertainment

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmin Gerat, anna Maria Muehe, Nele Kiper, Ben Ruedinger, Kasem Hoxka, Bekim Guri, tobias Nied, Emilian Markgraf, ralph Richter, Maxwell Richter, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau

Director: peter Thorwarth

Screenwriters: stefan Holtz, peter Thorwarth, screenplay based on the novel von Ralf Husmann