King of Devil's Island (2011)
Critic Consensus: Scandinavian in the most bleakly satisfying way, King of Devil's Island satisfies with a richly layered narrative and a typically strong performance from Stellan Skarsgard.
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Critic Reviews for King of Devil's Island
Rather one-note in its bleakness, and doesn't have a vast amount to say beyond 'reform school sucks'.
Possibly no one else does "grim" with as much unsparing enthusiasm as the Scandinavians.
Skarsgard is riveting throughout as a man whose high morality is steeped in hypocrisy and whose mask of civility easily slips, when challenged, to reveal the monster beneath.
[An] austere and occasionally stirring yarn.
The film plays well, and is involving, but in one form or another, this is a story often told.
Audience Reviews for King of Devil's Island
Ok. I am convinced..Stellan Skarsgard + movie role = quality film! This based-on-a-true-story film is top-notch good. This is what great filmmaking is all about. A magnificent, and unforgettable film. Every scene is perfect, each actor's performance is spot on. If this movie doesn't touch you on some level, I don't know what will. My ONLY complaint is there was no follow up summary, but I guess we can all google things these days..so I forgive them...
For those who like true stories and abhor cruelty and injustice, this is your film.
'The King of Devil's Island'. A sobering tale on the abuse of power and the small rebellions that can lead to outright chaos. The grim, beautiful Norwegian winter plays a fine backdrop to all round solid performances.
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