Evil (Ondskan) Reviews
Watching Andreas Wilson one can really assume that he was a grand choice for the role of Erik Ponti due to his physique, charm, voice, posture, and look of guts. Although it was unfamiliar with acting, but no doubt a wonderful performance. Film completely gives answers to various questions; should be rising out of the scenes in the films such as, what would be Erik doing to his stepfather, who sadistically beats him at various scenes in the film.
After being suspended from his umpteenth bording school, for his hot temper, Eric Ponti is sent to the big shot private boarding school, Stjärnsberg. There's a strict hyarchy among the pupils, Eric has problems to cope with it.
I'm sorry, but I must say that I think this movie is widely overrated (and so is the book). The drama in the writer Jan Guillou's book is clumsly transmitted into the movie, where the director Mikael Håfström is exagerrating the drama even more and it often gets a bit ridiculus (like in many of Håfström's other movies). Just take the "apologize-scene" for example.
The characters are almost like caricatures (either all bad, or good) and I can find it a bit odd that they chose Andreas Wilson for the lead, Carl Ponti. He is extremly handsome, allright, and undoubtly a good actor. But he doesn't look like a 16 year old, does he?
And when he stands there as 16-year old Eric Ponti, like a true juvenile "rebel" obstinately refuses to give an apology to the "meanies", it looks a bit funny...
I'm not saying that Mikael Håfström is a bad director. He's just happened to direct a whole bunch of bad movies (except for 1408, which I consider really good:). He do have potential for creating "creepy" moods in movies, and obviously, horror movies are his "thing".
As for the writer of the book and the script...I don't give much for his book, though I think he's a great popular historian.
This movie was well recieved by the swedish critics. Also, it's one of the most engrossing movies released in Sweden during the 2000. Still, I don't know why...
The film carries a big emotional punch but it still manages to resolve everything in a very clever way. Håfstrom actually manages to avoid many of the clichés associated with this particular type of films.