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Balloon (2020)



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.

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In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families--who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years--try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day...


Friedrich Mucke
as Peter Strelzyk
Karoline Schuch
as Doris Strelzyk
David Kross
as Günter Wetzel
Alicia von Rittberg
as Petra Wetzel
Thomas Kretschmann
as Oberstleutnant Seidel
Jonas Holdenrieder
as Frank Strelzyk
Tilman Döbler
as Andreas 'Fitscher' Strelzyk
Ronald Kukulies
as Erik Baumann
Emily Kusche
as Klara Baumann
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Critic Reviews for Balloon

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

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.

April 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

"Balloon" is decent entertainment to a degree, and that is mostly thanks to its handsome production values.

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Lacking the nail-biting suspense that the story would seem to call for, Balloon quickly deflates.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

There is nothing objectionable about Michael Bully Herbig's glossy political thriller, "Balloon," but there's nothing particularly exciting about it, either.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It feels like an attempt to transpose the mix of thrills and prestige of a film like Argo onto a different true story, a paint-by-numbers approach that's far less compelling than drawing outside the lines would have been.

February 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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