Critic Consensus: With plenty of dark humor to leaven the bloody mayhem, Jackpot is an entertaining murder mystery with a suitably quirky Scandinavian twist.
Based on a story by Norway's leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he's clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solør, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues. With a pile of cash at stake, the trio enters into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride. This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count -- and will keep you guessing until the very end. (c) Music Box Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Jackpot
As an absurdist suspense film, "Jackpot" mostly hits its marks. As a comedy, it's less successful, stronger on sight gags than on the detective's sarcasm.
Certainly, a lot of blood is spilled in the name of laughs. There's only one problem with its broad attempts at grotesque comedy: Jackpot simply isn't funny.
Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude.
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.
Audience Reviews for Jackpot
Tries too hard to be in the vein of Tarantino, not nearly as witty or funny as it thinks it to be. None of the characters feel well drawn, the stakes are low since the script doesn't give the audience any one to care for or even root against. And the plot story is too thin as to keep it interesting enough.
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