What’s the worst thing that can happen to a movie character? Shot, stabbed, beaten, tortured? How about exiled,chased, impaled,savaged by a pitbull, involved in a tractor crash, chucked off a cliff and forced to hide in 6 feet of human excrement? Luckily, it couldn’thappen to a more deserving guy. Tyldum’sdeliriously entertaining thriller, stems from a simple but hugely satisfying idea: serve up an eminently hissable central character, in this case part-time art thief and full-time corporate douchebag Roger, then sit back and smile as he tangles with the wrong folks and is subjected to the most humiliating indignities the smart, streamlined script can invent.
The plot moves like a rocket, the despicable characters are marvellously sketched and it’s always deliriously entertaining. Anyone tired of the surly, leather-jacketed seriousness of the ‘Millennium’ trilogy and looking for more spark and spice in their Scandinavian crime sagas need seek no further. Pure joy!
Dir: Morten Tyldum
Norway 2011 101 mins Cert: 16
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Language: Norwegian, English subtitles