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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Andreas Capellen
as Dan Tresko
Andreas Cappelen
as Dan Tresko
Anne Marie Ottersen
as Thor's Mother
Jan Grønli
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Critic Reviews for Jackpot

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

Unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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"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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
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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.

June 26, 2014
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Village Voice
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Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude.

Full Review… | June 23, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Jackpot

maybe it was the drugs from surgery but i couldnt get into this one. instead check out the writers other film "Headhunters" - much better execution

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek

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.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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