"Die kommenden Tage" or "The Coming Days" is a German-language movie from 6 years ago that stars some of the most respected actors from Germany. these include Daniel Brühl, Augus Diehl, Johanna Wokalek, Jürgen Vogel (in a very small role) and Bernadette Heerwagen, who managed a German Film Award nomination, but has not really stayed relevant unlike the others. The movie takes place in the year 2020 and gives us writer and director Lars Kraume's idea of a broken world packed with greed, terrorism and constant ruthless fighting for power. I guess we are lucky we do not live in the world how it is depicted in here. Oh wait... The movie is really long, makes it easily past the 2-hour mark, but even if the talent from the actors is undeniable I was fairly unimpressed by this movie. It would have been nice to see a bit more of the circumstances in which the people back then were living. Instead the movie loses itself in relationship struggles, doubtful fatherhood and it simply does not use the scenario in terms of delivering a quality movie. What did I like most about it? Probably the "Wir sind Helden" song at the end.
I watched some of Kraume's more recent work such as "Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer", which is an outstanding work, but it seems as if by 2010 he was not yet at his best, even if the German Film Awards thought otherwise. Diehl is fun to watch as always', even if he does not have the material here to show us something that he has not shown us in another film already. Brühl is almost completely forgettable and it is another example of how he really needs characters that perfectly suit him in order to make an impact. This is not the case here and this is also why I do not believe that he is one of Germany's best actors right now, even if he has given some impressive performances in the past. They tried all they could with making him more relevant with the eye patch here, but it just wasn't enough. Same thing applies to this movie. They definitely should have kept it at least half an hour shorter. It did drag on several occasions and there are many scenes in here that added very little in terms of the entire picture. Without these, with a more essential touch, it could have been at least a solid movie. But it is not. I do not recommend the watch.
Review by Thomas from the Internet Movie Database.