Critic Consensus: Balloon isn't as exciting as the real-life story that inspired it, but it remains a solidly made and often engrossing political thriller.
as Peter Strelzyk
as Doris Strelzyk
as Günter Wetzel
as Petra Wetzel
as Oberstleutnant Seidel
as Frank Strelzyk
as Andreas 'Fitscher' Strelzyk
as Erik Baumann
as Klara Baumann
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The fact that it's based on a true story - the closing credits include photographs of the actual families - does not make up for the amassing of red herrings, close calls, and occasions for head-scratching.
Filmmaker Herbig and his team prove to be especially adept at contriving situations where anything anyone does causes fear, anxiety, stress and worry, leaving everyone, very much including the audience, existing on the knife's edge of unremitting tension.
"Balloon" is decent entertainment to a degree, and that is mostly thanks to its handsome production values.
Lacking the nail-biting suspense that the story would seem to call for, Balloon quickly deflates.
There is nothing objectionable about Michael Bully Herbig's glossy political thriller, "Balloon," but there's nothing particularly exciting about it, either.
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