The Edukators, starring Daniel Brul, starts well enough, introducing the audience to a trio of idealistic young Berliners who stick it to the man by stacking rich people’s furniture in their living rooms while they’re on holiday.
But that’s about it in terms of plot. Of course, stuff goes terribly wrong and the they almost become hardened terrorists, but in the end, they just go to Spain and have a threesome-no biggie.
The creators of this film obviously sympathize with the young trio, (who call themselves “The Edukators”) and share their hatred for poverty and Nikes. Strangely, the kidnapped capitalist becomes the most likable character. Brul and Co. so act irritatingly irrational (deciding to strip and make out at the most inoportune times, say during a car chase), I was hoping they would be caught and jailed.
I support the idea for a moratorium on the use of “Halleluyah” by Leonard Cohen, in any form, in the soundtrack to the movie. “The Edukators” has a high production value by German, standards, but they must have shelled out big time to score Buckley’s version of that song, because they milked it on and off for the last twenty minutes of the movie. While song is playing, the actors stare thoughtfully in the distance, learning invisible lessons. *
Having no moral center, The Edukators wants to invoke the spirit of the 60′s, but settles for numerous montages and good intentions.
*I still refuse to see Watchmen because I have heard they use that song in a sex scene. Shiver.