Mýrin (Jar City)

2006

Mýrin (Jar City)

Critics Consensus

A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

95%

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Reviews Counted: 37

74%
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User Ratings: 2,845

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Reviews Count: 0
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AUDIENCE SCORE

74%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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In 1974, a young Icelandic girl met a grim fate at the hands of a murderer -- and the crime was never solved. So begins celebrated director Baltasar Kormákur's procedural thriller Jar City (or Mýrin), adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, Tainted Blood. In the present day, the jaded and exhausted detective Erlendur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime and the homicide of a local thug, Holberg (Thorsteinn Gunnarsson). Erlendur also struggles in his private life with an overwhelming problem: the drug addiction of his own pregnant daughter, Eva Lind (Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir). Meanwhile, Örn (Atli Rafn Sigurdarson), an employee at a DNA-mapping lab, reels from 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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

  • Kormákur, who made the highly original 101 Reykjavik, is clearly saying something pessimistic about his homeland and, as a film-maker, has the means to do so to some effect.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's an intriguing puzzle that held me gripped until the very end.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a terrific piece of direction from Kormákur. Everything, from the look of the film, to the brilliantly unsettling use of food as a recurring motif, is judged perfectly.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • A satisfying, altogether distinctive piece of filmmaking.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
  • Tremendously acted and shot with memorable confidence, Jar City deserves a much wider release than it's apparently going to get.

    Jul 9, 2008
  • Terrifically acted, expertly shot and painstakingly paced, Jar City investigates deeper, darker themes. And Erlendur is a reminder that homicide detectives don't save lives so much as exhume the meanings of violence.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

.Awesome Icelandic film, with English subtitles. About a murder case that opens past cases and the disappearances of others. Over all a good thriller. Enjoyed seeing the many different parts of Iceland I remember from living there for 3 years. Story line and film worth 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

An intense thriller that scores low on acting of one of the significant characters, and suffers a bit due to it. Otherwise, it's a well-packed product worth a watch.

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familiar stranger

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½

Twisty Icelandic who dunnit added extra flavour by its unusual setting (stark, bleak landscapes) and culture ( takeaway sheep's head !). Unusual context is let down by an overly familiar core plot.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

½

Icelandic murder mystery that would be a fairly standard story of the reopening of an old unresolved small-town case if it were not for the modern-day genetics database twist. An interesting movie that ties up all the plot strands within a nice length.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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