As anyone who has been following me for a significant length of time knows, I tend to be pretty stingy with 9/10s. This is because I feel many critics hand them out to every other film they like. As long as they’re consistent, that’s fine, but with my scoring system, I wanted to make creators well and truly earn every single point. You want a seven-point passing grade or better? You gotta work for it. Because of this, you won’t see me award this grade often, so when it happens, you can safely bet that I’m discussing a masterpiece.
Well, February of 2019 marks a momentous occasion for this site. After discussing Jumper, I have now reviewed at least one game for every letter of the alphabet. To ensure this claim stuck, I ended up reviewing Zombie Nation because while I had reviewed Zelda II: The Adventure of Link quite a while ago, I sorted it under “L” with the other The Legend of Zelda installments. Now, I just need to do the same with films and I’m good to go.
Since the descent of the Iron Curtain, Berlin has been divided by an imposing wall. Unbeknownst to the citizens of Berlin, two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, watch the over the city. Adults cannot perceive the existence of these angels while children seem to be vaguely aware of them. As Cassiel says, their reason for existing is to assemble, testify, and preserve reality. While some of their subjects dream of peace and others have given into despair, Damiel eventually learns of a trapeze artist named Marion. Living by herself in a caravan in West Berlin, she is a very lonely, depressed individual. To his surprise, Damiel begins developing feelings for her, and contemplates a decision that will forever change the nature of his immeasurably long existence.