Jackpot (Arme Riddere) (2011)
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At a plastic Christmas tree factory in Norway, three dangerous ex-cons and their supervisor win 1.7 million kroner on the pools. As trust and friendship quickly dissolve, guns are loaded, knives are sharpened, and the division of the money begins...
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Martens punctuates proceedings with moments of black humour and sudden, shocking violence, while the sheer frequency of twists, double-crosses and switchbacks keep the plot rattling along.
Chronically let down by a lack of character development, with no spark at the off to get the whole thing rolling.
The recent influx of Scandanavian thrillers and murder mysteries gets an amusingly grimy entry.
Jackpot lacks the breakneck narrative drive of the previous Nesbo screen adaptation, the terrific Headhunters, but keeps things gripping with its own share of sick twists and grisly gags.
Short but not at all sweet, this is a dark but nevertheless entertaining crime drama.
[H]as some outrageously, disgustingly funny moments -- I laughed a lot, in isolated bursts -- but it's lacking that certain oomph that makes it unquestionably brilliant.
It lays on lashings of crim-bickering and jauntily scored arterial spurting when all you can stomach is some crispbread.
Ultimately let down by boring, unlikeable characters, a derivative, over-familiar plot and an unsatisfying finale.
There's a bit too much carnage and bloodshed but it's a cracking, crazy, well-paced Norwegian time killer.
Casually gruesome and corpse-littered, it's a shaggy dog story with an almost buried emotional core about friendship, betrayal, temporary alliance and craftiness.
It's a fun but very lean premise upon which to base a thriller that requires all-or-nothing buy-in from its audience.
While not a game-changer, Jackpot is the kind of sprightly low-budget import which is likely to reward fans of the Nordic crime genre.
Although it can't help but feel a touch retro in comparison to Sweden's more sophisticated recent output, it gets by on good-humoured bad taste alone.
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