Mýrin (Jar City) Reviews

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February 29, 2008
The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.
February 29, 2008
While the murder mystery seems somewhat familiar, at least the style enriches the substance.
February 29, 2008
The picture of Iceland that emerges in Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City is vivid and powerful but not something the country's tourist board would be likely to endorse.
February 28, 2008
The story hits too many familiar beats, but Kormákur flavors his familiar dish with beauty shots of Iceland's pitted landscape and the occasional cooked sheep's head.
February 28, 2008
Reconfiguring the objectives of a standard murder mystery requires more than these stock character studies of wounded daddies, which exude sham profundity via a high-toned grim realism.
February 28, 2008
The vision of Jar City is total and complete; fans of the thriller genre will thank the film for an infusion of ice-cold new blood.
February 27, 2008
Gorgeously shot against a seaside backdrop and filled with local color, Jar City unfolds like a noir from another planet.
February 27, 2008
For those of us, like me, who know next to nothing about Iceland or the Icelandic cinema, Jar City is an absorbingly revelatory experience, and one of the most mesmerizing movies of the year.
February 27, 2008
[It] could pass for an episode of CSI: Reykjavik, only with less high-tech gimmickry, more pavement-pounding, and a head-clearing view of crime as anything but a cool diversion.
September 7, 2007
If you can't figure it out ( ... ) you're officially out of the Scooby Gang.
September 4, 2007
...the viewer's patience is rewarded as the various pieces start to fall into place.
September 1, 2007
The film, from acclaimed Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, blows a lot of smoke, but once it clears there's not much left, and the story putters to an unsatisfying conclusion.
July 31, 2007
This is possibly Kormakur's best effort to date, strongly confirming his position as one of Iceland's leading filmmakers.
July 21, 2007
A taut police procedural that craftily blends ripped-from-the-headlines genetic issues with foreboding Icelandic stoicism, Jar City reps a supremely confident stride into mass-appeal genre fare for Icelandic hyphenate Baltasar Kormakur.
July 16, 2007
The deaths of two young girls some thirty years apart set in motion a story that will eventually encompass the story of two fathers in particular and an entire nation in general in Baltasar Kormákur's masterful Myrin (Jar City).
October 20, 2006
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