Wickie und die Starken Männer (2009, GER) C-85m. SCOPE *** D: Michael Bully Herbig. Starring Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Nic Romm, Christian Koch, Olaf Krätke, Mike Maas, Günther Kaufmann, Herbert Feuerstein, Michael Herbig, Christoph Maria Herbst, Jürgen Vogel. Surprisingly good remake of the children's TV series from the 1970s that was inspired by Runer Jonsson's book. A smart Viking boy helps his father's pillaging gang to find the kidnapped children of their village. It turns out one of them might lead evil Sven Kaufmann to a legendary treasure. Engaging kids movie is fast-paced, well-edited, and not as low-brow as Herbig's earlier spoofs. Recommended family fare, with an appealing, wide-eyed lead performance by Hämmerle.

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