My Rating: 4 stars
Well, here’s a random, little, Norwegian gem I stumbled across on Netflix. I’ve always had really good luck finding this kind of interesting, foreign film on Netflix. It’s stuff I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. And, I’m actually pretty surprised that I hadn’t heard of this movie because it’s relatively recent, exciting thriller. Also, it features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (you know, Jaime Lannister), so I would have thought it’d have gotten more press. But, I had to find this one on my own.
This movie is one of those twisty, murder, thrillers where flawed characters learn hard lessons. Roger Brown (played by Aksel Hennie) is an insecure businessman. He steals valuable paintings in his spare time to bankroll the lavish lifestyle he’s created for himself. He has a glamorous, tall, blond wife who is used to a certain standard of living, and a wildly expensive, Scandinavian-modern house. And Roger’s gotta find a way to pay for all this stuff. And, these scams are all going pretty well until he accidentally steals from the wrong man (Coster-Waldau)—a murderous psychopath. And after that, things start going south for Roger pretty quickly. He goes from being a well-respected, corporate headhunter with a luxurious lifestyle to a fugitive, running for his life over the course of one day. It’s a very dramatic shift. And, the interesting part is that we don’t really know whether we’re supposed to be sympathizing with this guy or not. He’s kind of a weenie. And, he’s committing some pretty serious crimes. But, it’s hard to watch a person’s life go to shit so completely, and feel good about it. This movie does a very good job of creating that kind of ambiguity. It’s hard to know who’s right, and who’s wrong.
I’d recommend this movie. It’s not groundbreaking material. You’ve seen this kind of thing before even if you haven’t see this exact story. But, it’s a pretty solid suspense story. I was entertained throughout, and even pretty surprised in places. This is a solid choice if you’re searching for something new to watch. But, it’s not exactly what I’d call a “must-see.” So, you can just gauge how bored you feel with the usual fare.