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The recent influx of Scandanavian thrillers and murder mysteries gets an amusingly grimy entry.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
A true "black comedy" if ever there was one.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Short but not at all sweet, this is a dark but nevertheless entertaining crime drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
[A] highly entertaining Scandinavian thriller...
[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.
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.
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.
The outrageous nature of the story is balanced by the matter of fact naturalistic performances and the smart directing, which makes the most of the genre's edgiest tools
The Scandinavians do black comedy well and if you're a lover of the genre, you're on a winning ticket with Joe Nesbo's Jackpot
The only thing Martens takes seriously is his humour - and it pays off handsomely.
Chronically let down by a lack of character development, with no spark at the off to get the whole thing rolling.
| Original Score: 2/5
Some may find it sickly amusing.
One of the patchier entries in Scandinavian noir's recent purple patch.
As straightforward - and disposable - as an airport paperback.