It’s 2016 and the world as we know it is no more. The earth’s temperature has risen 10 degrees in 4 years and scientists are baffled by why. The sun now burns and blisters unexposed skin in minutes. It also never gets dark. With food and water depleted, society has utterly broken down. Governments are gone and the only a fraction of the world’s population remains.
Marie (Hannah Herzsprung) and younger sister Leoni (Lisa Vicari) are traveling with Marie’s partner of convenience, Phillip (Lars Eidinger). Along the way they find a desperate but handy Tom (Stipe Erceg). Despite catching him in the act stealing they see the benefit of having extra security and his automotive skills.
Human society literally goes to hell. It’s a disaster story told on an intimate scale, as seen through the eyes of Marie. The film doesn’t explore new ground in this post apocalyptic sci-fi genre. However, the film’s simple approach and outstanding performances make it an enthralling film to watch.
Despite the obvious and seemingly appropriate title “Hell”, the word in German actually means bright. The film does have great art direction the world has an overexposed and even the nights never get dark again.