Mýrin (Jar City) Reviews

  • Oct 14, 2019

    This is the almost best mystery film for me.

    This is the almost best mystery film for me.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    A creepy, gritty crime thriller. It's a little too cold to fully latch onto any character or idea which keeps it from being great.

    A creepy, gritty crime thriller. It's a little too cold to fully latch onto any character or idea which keeps it from being great.

  • Sep 15, 2015

    One of those hidden gems that will be difficult to forget.

    One of those hidden gems that will be difficult to forget.

  • Aug 16, 2015

    Quite dull and anti-climactic.

    Quite dull and anti-climactic.

  • Jun 02, 2014

    TERRIFIC ! Amazing plot and good acting. It kept me totally riveted

    TERRIFIC ! Amazing plot and good acting. It kept me totally riveted

  • Mar 17, 2014

    3.5/5 Good movie, but it cheats a little with the timeline.

    3.5/5 Good movie, but it cheats a little with the timeline.

  • Oct 13, 2013

    "Jar City" is a fascinating mystery thriller, probably one of the best of century. A breathtaking cinematic experience. It's so dark, involving and haunting. It's also sad and depressive, you can find wide variety characters: Daredevil revengfull father, Psycho killer, Good cops with dark humour, to say shortly Jar city has verything a mystery movie should have. I haven't been fascinated so much by the genre since watching Bong jun-ho's great "Memories Of Murder". Baltassar Kormakur's makes us view Iceland much differently from any stereotypes , he shows absolutely another side of famous vikingland and it's making the movie even more interesting. Unfortunately movie has been nominated on avery few festivals and awards, it's very much underrated. For Me it's one of the best of decade.

    "Jar City" is a fascinating mystery thriller, probably one of the best of century. A breathtaking cinematic experience. It's so dark, involving and haunting. It's also sad and depressive, you can find wide variety characters: Daredevil revengfull father, Psycho killer, Good cops with dark humour, to say shortly Jar city has verything a mystery movie should have. I haven't been fascinated so much by the genre since watching Bong jun-ho's great "Memories Of Murder". Baltassar Kormakur's makes us view Iceland much differently from any stereotypes , he shows absolutely another side of famous vikingland and it's making the movie even more interesting. Unfortunately movie has been nominated on avery few festivals and awards, it's very much underrated. For Me it's one of the best of decade.

  • Aug 30, 2013

    a really good thriller, sets in the chilly mood and gets darker by the revealing of each bit of truth

    a really good thriller, sets in the chilly mood and gets darker by the revealing of each bit of truth

  • Feb 15, 2013

    An intelligent, engaging, multi-layered storyline that blends strained family relations, unsolved murders, and infuses some icelandic customs keeping the viewer captivated from beginning to end. Despite the lack of shock value, the film maintains a consistant sense of suspense throughout. "Jar City" is chilly and cerebral but also morbidly and powerfully alive to grossness and physicality. At home one evening Detective Erlendur (Ingvar Sigurdsson) tears into his customary sheep's head with his fingers, munching an eyeball while he reviews a case file. It's at once grotesque, sensual and strangely tender, all words that might equally describe this strange and absorbing movie. Director Baltasar Kormákur elegantly churns out a first-rate mystery by dressing it with organic cinematography and a score reminiscent of eerie Gregorian chants. But his best move is a focus on an unlikely secondary character - Iceland itself. He wisely employs this unique, almost otherworldly qualities of its setting--presented as both beautiful and threatening. The cinematography is simply stunning, truly enhancing the ambience to an ominous storyline and landscape. In 1974, a young Icelandic girl dies at the hands of a murderer, and the crime was never solved. In present day, the aged and exhausted detective Erlendur begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime, and the unrelated homicide of a local criminal years after the fact. Erlendur has a difficult private life, his wife has passed away, and he has a pregnant daughter Eva Lind (Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir) who is a drug addict and roams the streets. Meanwhile, Örn (Atli Rafn Sigurdarson), an employee at a DNA-mapping lab, struggles with the death of his own daughter, who suffered from a brain tumor. In time, the two men's lives will intersect in a myriad of ways that neither can even begin to foresee -- and the motivation for Holberg's original crime will become resoundingly clear. "Jar City" turns out to be intricate and pointed, conjuring a haunting, satisfying, puzzle out of violence and chaos. The murder, of an old man named Holberg, opens up a nest of older crimes and brooding secrets. Erlendur finds himself investigating a possible rape from 30 years before and unraveling a tangled history of police corruption and petty brutality. What it all has to do with Holberg is no more clear to the audience than it is to the detective. But Erlendur's combination of bluntness and analytical acumen informs Mr. Kormákur's storytelling technique, making "Jar City" an unusually forceful and thought-provoking thriller. "Jar City" (or Mýrin), is adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, "Tainted Blood."

    An intelligent, engaging, multi-layered storyline that blends strained family relations, unsolved murders, and infuses some icelandic customs keeping the viewer captivated from beginning to end. Despite the lack of shock value, the film maintains a consistant sense of suspense throughout. "Jar City" is chilly and cerebral but also morbidly and powerfully alive to grossness and physicality. At home one evening Detective Erlendur (Ingvar Sigurdsson) tears into his customary sheep's head with his fingers, munching an eyeball while he reviews a case file. It's at once grotesque, sensual and strangely tender, all words that might equally describe this strange and absorbing movie. Director Baltasar Kormákur elegantly churns out a first-rate mystery by dressing it with organic cinematography and a score reminiscent of eerie Gregorian chants. But his best move is a focus on an unlikely secondary character - Iceland itself. He wisely employs this unique, almost otherworldly qualities of its setting--presented as both beautiful and threatening. The cinematography is simply stunning, truly enhancing the ambience to an ominous storyline and landscape. In 1974, a young Icelandic girl dies at the hands of a murderer, and the crime was never solved. In present day, the aged and exhausted detective Erlendur begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime, and the unrelated homicide of a local criminal years after the fact. Erlendur has a difficult private life, his wife has passed away, and he has a pregnant daughter Eva Lind (Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir) who is a drug addict and roams the streets. Meanwhile, Örn (Atli Rafn Sigurdarson), an employee at a DNA-mapping lab, struggles with the death of his own daughter, who suffered from a brain tumor. In time, the two men's lives will intersect in a myriad of ways that neither can even begin to foresee -- and the motivation for Holberg's original crime will become resoundingly clear. "Jar City" turns out to be intricate and pointed, conjuring a haunting, satisfying, puzzle out of violence and chaos. The murder, of an old man named Holberg, opens up a nest of older crimes and brooding secrets. Erlendur finds himself investigating a possible rape from 30 years before and unraveling a tangled history of police corruption and petty brutality. What it all has to do with Holberg is no more clear to the audience than it is to the detective. But Erlendur's combination of bluntness and analytical acumen informs Mr. Kormákur's storytelling technique, making "Jar City" an unusually forceful and thought-provoking thriller. "Jar City" (or Mýrin), is adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, "Tainted Blood."

  • Nov 25, 2012

    A fantastic thriller that has all the usual plot twists, investigations and body count that is usual of a cop thriller but where this is different is that the characters have depth, it is set in a beautiful country, none of the Icelandic culture is lost, has a fantastic score and all this is wrapped up in an aspect that is unusual which is a family drama.

    A fantastic thriller that has all the usual plot twists, investigations and body count that is usual of a cop thriller but where this is different is that the characters have depth, it is set in a beautiful country, none of the Icelandic culture is lost, has a fantastic score and all this is wrapped up in an aspect that is unusual which is a family drama.