Freaks: You’re One of Us
Director
Felix Binder
Writer
Marc O. Seng
Actors
Cornelia Gröschel, Tim Oliver Schultz, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Nina Kunzendorf, Frederic Linkemann, Finnlay Berger, Gisa Flake, Ralph Herforth, Thelma Buabeng, Gesine Cukrowski, Charlotte Banholzer, Marcel Nazarov, Stefan Mehren, Eddy Shore, Johann Fohl, Daniel Kamen, Frank Streffing, Maximilian Diehle, Jan Felski, Virginia Boholle, Rita Feldmeier, Daniel Zillmann, Eva Löbau
Runtime
1 h 33 min
Release Date
2 September 2020
Genres
Drama, Fantasy
Overview
After having a chance encounter with a mysterious character, Wendy, a young working class mother, discovers that she has super powers.
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Freaks: You’re One of Us

Freaks: You’re One of Us is a German superhero movie released by Netflix on September 2, 2020.  It seems like Freaks is Germany’s first step at creating a German superhero universe. At this point, Freaks: You’re One of Us is slightly entertaining, and a quick Netflix watch but do not expect anything approaching the Marvel or DC Cinematic universes.

The star Wendy (Cornelia Gröschel), is a loving Mom and spouse working in fast food.  A homeless man, Marek (Wotan Wilke Möhring), gives her the idea to stop taking the blue pills she takes to control her mental issues.  When she stops, she learns she has superhero strength.  Wendy persuades her co-worker Elmar (Tim Oliver Schultz) to stop his blue pills.  Soon Elmar renames himself Electro Man.  They soon learn there are others like them.

Freaks German superhero movie

Freaks: You’re One of Us is toned down to emphasize that normal, boring, people with lots of problems may have additional strengths.  It unfolds a subplot of repression by the government and shows what can happen to someone who receives superpowers.

The writing is acceptable (the characters do not say anything too stupid), and the dialogue and subtitles are not too complicated.  The plot moves quickly, keeping your interest.

However, Marvel superhero movies have programmed humankind to expect good superheroes to fight evil superheroes.  Colossal CGI effects and sarcastic humor is the norm.  For example, in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, the superheroes are fighting an invincible titan, Thanos.  The superheroes are losing. Yet, the superheroes are always making sarcastic jokes, and they use the best in the world CGI effects.  Freaks: You’re One of Us has none of this.

Freaks German superhero movie

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There is no humor in Freaks.  All the characters remain somber, and the overall tone tends toward sad.  Wendy is likable but aloof.  All the other characters are not pleasant nor affable. Freaks speeds through the ending showing hints of what may come next.

Freaks: You’re One of Us also uses a trick from Marvel’s universe.  At the very end of the final credits, there is a teaser that makes you smile.  Freaks: You’re One of Us may be the first of many German superhero movies. The film is slightly entertaining, but if you compare Freaks to the Marvel movies, you will be disappointed.  Just watch the film and be proud you watched a movie with subtitles.

Movie Details

Director
Felix Binder
Writer
Marc O. Seng
Actors
Cornelia Gröschel, Tim Oliver Schultz, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Nina Kunzendorf, Frederic Linkemann, Finnlay Berger, Gisa Flake, Ralph Herforth, Thelma Buabeng, Gesine Cukrowski, Charlotte Banholzer, Marcel Nazarov, Stefan Mehren, Eddy Shore, Johann Fohl, Daniel Kamen, Frank Streffing, Maximilian Diehle, Jan Felski, Virginia Boholle, Rita Feldmeier, Daniel Zillmann, Eva Löbau
Runtime
1 h 33 min
Release Date
2 September 2020
Genres
Drama, Fantasy
Overview
After having a chance encounter with a mysterious character, Wendy, a young working class mother, discovers that she has super powers.

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