Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
Germany, 2000. Galeria Alaska Productions. Screenplay by Jochen Hick, additional dialogue by Michael Nelson Finn, Irit Levi, Arthur Martin.Cinematography by Tom Harting, Michael Maley. Produced by Jochen Hick. Music by James Hardway. Production Design by Cage Copher, Bernard Homann. Costume Design by Maria Rivera. Film Editing by Helga Scharf.
A German scientist has come to San Francisco to attend a medical conference, where he plans to present his theory that AIDS was originally an American government biological weapons project that got out of hand. At the same time there is also a madman going around the city murdering people who are HIV positive. Our scientist, while looking for a secret contact who apparently has lists of information that support his hypothesis, ends up getting involved in some kinky scenes and finds himself with fingers in more pies than is safe, leading to the detective on the trail of the murderer knocking on his door for questioning. There is absolutely nothing routine about this plot, and in description it couldn’t sound fresher. Execution is a different matter, however, and the zero budget, which obviously resulted in zero time to make the film, has yielded an ugly look and some excruciatingly bad performances that you are certain had to be on mostly first takes. A shame given how entertaining it could be, but this one is painful to get through.