Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rubinrot (Ruby Red) Movie Review

Synopsis (Taken from IMDB)
Gwendolyn Shepherd is actually a very normal 16-year-old teen. What's annoying is that her family definitely has a tad too many secrets. They all have to do with the time-travel gene that is passed down in the family. Everyone is certain that Gwen's cousin Charlotte has the gene, and so everything is all Charlotte, all the time. Until the day Gwen, out of the clear blue sky, suddenly finds herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She knows right away that she, and not Charlotte, was born to be a time traveler - even if she could certainly do without it. Just as she could do without Charlotte's arrogant boyfriend Gideon de Villiers, with whom she now has to forge an alliance in order to clear up the biggest secret of her family history. One thing is clear: she will do everything possible to solve the ancient mysteries. What isn't clear is that one should not fall in love between the times. For that really makes things complicated!

In Theaters
March 14, 2013
MPAA Rating
PG-13, FSK 12 in Germany
Adaptation, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
2 hours 3 minutes
Run Time
Tele München Gruppe


I'm bummed that this is in German but it's dubbed in English so that's a upside. Other than that, I absolutely loved this movie!

When I read the book, I wonder how does time travel work/looks and other objects from the book. The cinematography looks amazing, the editing, everything.

I absolutely loved this movie so very much!! The actor who played Gideon.. swoon! And if you hated Charlotte in the books, you'll hate her even more in this- but loved the character portrayal. It's funny, action-y in some parts, and it just makes me smile. I can't wait for the sequel!

Overall I give this a 4/5 and 80%.

Okay, book to movie adaptations are not identical but similar. Here are some differences between movie and book (This has spoilers who hasn't read the books or seen the movie) :

  • In the movie, Gwen learns only that it is the gene in their family is a Zeitreisegen, when it turns out that she has it. In the book, however, she has this assumption since the beginning of her dizzy spells (which begin with time travelers from about the sixteenth birthday).
  • Gwen's nine year old sister Caroline does not appear in the film.
  • Gwen meets the second uncontrolled Zeitsprung her grandfather Lucas, but in the gem trilogy she met him until the second band sapphire blue.
  • Gwen can in the film until her 16th See birthday spirits in the book but from an early age.
  • The little boy in the film is Robert, the late brother of Lucas Montrose, not like in the book of drowned son of Dr. White, as Gwen has taken him in 1942 as a spirit.
  • The order of the joint Time travel by Gwendolyn and Gideon was reversed (in the book are the first two of the Count in 1782, in the film, however, they visit the first Lady Tilney in 1912.)
  • The scenes with the Indians, the Cherry Blossom Ball, the ceremonial reception in the lodge, the "Browse" and stay in the archive as well as Gwen's falling off the roof do not appear in the book. In addition, Gwen told in the film Mr. George and Gideon from the scene at the ball
  • When the Count Gwendolyn using chokes of telekinesis, Gideon noticed the threat and can detect even later the strangulation marks on the neck, in the book she does not even told him about it.
  • Gwendolyn and Gideon decide at the end of the movie the secrets of the lodge to explore together, this happens in the trilogy but only in the last belt emerald green.
  • In the film, almost nobody knows about the prophecy in the book, however, almost everyone.
  • In the film Gwendolyn would like to count, but in the book there is the rule that all time travelers must visit the counts after the initiation jump.
  • In the film, Leslie has black hair, but in the book she's blonde and has freckles.
  • In the book Madame Rossini is described as plump and small, in the movie but she is tall and slim.
  • In the book, the key to chronographs a souvenir of Gwendolyn from the past, in the film Gwendolyn is but the key to 16 Birthday gift from Lucy.
  • In the film, Gwendolyn has only a brother in the book, however, she has a brother and a sister. In the film, Gideon is 18 years old, in the book his age is given as 21 years.

Felix Fuchssteiner       


Catherine Schöde          Screenplay & Source Material (form novel)

Catherine Schöde         
Philipp Budweg
Robert Marciniak
Markus Zimmer
  • Maria Ehrich : Gwendolyn "Gwen" Shepherd
  • Jannis Niewoehner : Gideon de Villiers
  • Laura Berlin : Charlotte Montrose
  • Jennifer Lotsi : Leslie Hay
  • Veronica Ferres : Grace Shepherd
  • Josefine Preuss : Lucy Montrose
  • Florian Bartholomäi : Paul de Villiers
  • Axel Milberg : Lucas Montrose
  • Rüdiger Vogler : Mr. George
  • Uwe Kockisch : Falk de Villiers
  • Gottfried John : Dr. White
  • Kostya Ullmann : James Pimplebottom
  • Justine del Corte : Madame Rossini
  • Katharina Thalbach : Madeleine
    "Maddie" Montrose
  • Peter Simonischek : Count of St. Germain
  • Sibylle Canonica : Glenda Montrose
  • Chiara Shoras : Margaret Tilney
  • John of Matushka : Mr. Whitman
  • Levin Henning Nick Shepherd

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