Cold Case Hammarskjöld

2019

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

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As an investigation into a real-life tragedy, Cold Case Hammarskjöld might struggle with discipline -- but it remains an intriguing, entertaining jumble of ideas.

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In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they'd initially imagined. In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by "performing" the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what's truly sinister.

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Critic Reviews for Cold Case Hammarskjöld

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (12)

  • In his own way, the ever-present director is as much a scene-hogger as Joaquin Phoenix with one glaring difference: Brügger's mercenaries are the real-deal, not heavy-handed, makeup-streaked clowns with mommy and daddy issues.

    January 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is impossible in this paranoid-making era to watch Cold Case and not be made to feel uneasy by the secrets it unlocks and the human aptitude for evil that it exposes.

    September 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's impossible to emerge from this film without being shaken to your core. Mission accomplished: Mind blown.

    August 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • One thing is certain: If he's right about this one, he will have earned that pith helmet.

    August 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A tremendously absorbing film, a documentary that plays like a first-rate thriller hinging on key issues of the Cold War and African decolonization.

    August 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The trip is entertaining and even instructive-not about the facts of the case, which go from murky to opaque, but about the slip-slidingly elusive nature of truth.

    August 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 23, 2019
    Mads Brügger is like a poor man's Werner Herzog. He even admits as much at one point in the documentary. That being said, he still somehow stumbles into a deeply troubling conspiracy with horrific and far reaching implications.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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