Mýrin (Jar City)


Mýrin (Jar City) (2006)


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


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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 (10)

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

The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.

Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5

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.

Feb 28, 2008 | Rating: B
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.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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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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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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

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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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