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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…
  • It lays on lashings of crim-bickering and jauntily scored arterial spurting when all you can stomach is some crispbread.

    Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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