Sundance Film Review: Houston

Posted January 24, 2013 in

Photo Credit: Ulrich Tukur


Sundance Film Festival

Director: Bastian Günther

The idea of following the occupational responsibilities of an alcoholic German headhunter whose marriage is on the rocks is about as appealing as it sounds. When Clemens Trunschka (Ulrich Tukur) is given the task to locate and make contact with an American CEO for a large German organization, the task takes our leading man to the Lone Star state where his life continues to sink deeper into despair with every passing moment. It isn’t until Clemens crosses paths with a hotel inspector (Garret Dillahunt) who strives to help the foreigner in need with some Southern hospitality. Günther’s sluggish pacing and uneventful storyline monopolizes the majority of the running time, leaving little room for enthusiasm or intrigue. Thankfully, Dillahunt arrives, albeit only for a short period of time, to inject the much-needed boost of charisma and likability the film is lacking. “Houston” falls into the cinematic trap of an unpleasant protagonist where it’s hard for audiences to care whether he discovers redemption or not. It’s a serious character issue when one would rather follow the secondary character rather than the lead. 


Time: 1.25, 9:15 PM Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City

Time: 1.26, 2:30 PM Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 1, Park City

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