A look at Maurice Querner’s crime scene

You don’t want this father as a gift. At the Saarbrücken crime scene “In the heart of the serpent”, Roland Schürk stages his suicide in a clever, cunning and evil way, that he wants to accuse his son Adam (Daniel Sträßer) of murder. Torsten Michaelis, incidentally the slightly older brother of singer Dirk Michaelis (“When I’m Gone”), is to serve as the villain in various episodes of police calls and crime scenes. But in the Saarbrücken duel with his son, he once again outdoes himself and Chief Inspector Adam can be happy that he got rid of this father, although he will be missed as a spectator. On the other hand, it may also be a good thing that this father-son fight, which must first be remembered and that is why it is constantly told, is now coming to an end.

The thrilling crime thriller was directed by Luzie Loose (b. 1989), who is still very young in the film business. But the courage of officials to allow a newcomer to such an established format as “Tatort” paid off for viewers. And it was also a good thing that the Saarbrücken team was no longer a two-man show, as one might initially assume. Now the two chief inspectors also have a much larger role in investigations. Brigitte Urhausen in particular, whose investigator Esther Baumann hesitates between intransigence and insight, is convincing here. This also applies to Ines Marie Westernströer as police officer Pia, who digs deep into business and really subordinates everything to work, but is extremely loyal and therefore seems much more sympathetic than her colleague.

The body story between the two detectives Adam and Leo (Vladimir Burlakov) should now be over after their third case together. Leo frees Adam, as he did in his childhood, from a very difficult situation. Burlakov can be the best supporter here and he does it very well. It will be interesting to see how the characters evolve in the future. After all, the screenwriter Hendrik Hölzemann added a twist, that is to say an unexpected twist, to the film at the end. The dying father reveals to his son the hiding place of his heist loot. In terms of content, it doesn’t really make sense. Why would he do this when he hated his son so much? Adam actually finds the money and the viewer doesn’t know what to do with the find. We know movie cops sometimes lose their moral compass. Did Father Roland also speculate according to the motto: like father, like son?