Mýrin (Jar City) (2006)



Critic Consensus: A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

Movie Info

In 1974, a young Icelandic girl met a grim fate at the hands of a murderer -- and the crime was never solved. So begins celebrated director Baltasar Kormákur's procedural thriller Jar City (or Mýrin), adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, Tainted Blood. In the present day, the jaded and exhausted detective Erlendur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime and the homicide of a local thug, Holberg (Thorsteinn … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arnaldur Indriðason, Baltasar Kormákur, Michael Ross
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Critic Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

A satisfying, altogether distinctive piece of filmmaking.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Tremendously acted and shot with memorable confidence, Jar City deserves a much wider release than it's apparently going to get.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Top Critic

Terrifically acted, expertly shot and painstakingly paced, Jar City investigates deeper, darker themes. And Erlendur is a reminder that homicide detectives don't save lives so much as exhume the meanings of violence.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

Director Baltasar Kormakur interweaves taciturn Scandinavian humor and morbid violence for a unique combination of flavors.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
New York Post
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The picture of Iceland that emerges in Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City is vivid and powerful but not something the country's tourist board would be likely to endorse.

February 29, 2008
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

.Awesome Icelandic film, with English subtitles. About a murder case that opens past cases and the disappearances of others. Over all a good thriller. Enjoyed seeing the many different parts of Iceland I remember from living there for 3 years. Story line and film worth 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce

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An intense thriller that scores low on acting of one of the significant characters, and suffers a bit due to it. Otherwise, it's a well-packed product worth a watch.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Twisty Icelandic who dunnit added extra flavour by its unusual setting (stark, bleak landscapes) and culture ( takeaway sheep's head !). Unusual context is let down by an overly familiar core plot.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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