Jackpot (2014)


Critic Consensus: With plenty of dark humor to leaven the bloody mayhem, Jackpot is an entertaining murder mystery with a suitably quirky Scandinavian twist.


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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

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Critic Reviews for Jackpot

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Unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Jackpot" plays like an over-the-top story told by a drunken film fan at a bar: "Dude, I just saw this movie and it was CRAZY. You have to see it." Trust me, you don't.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 26, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude.

Jun 23, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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