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Everyone gets sympathy; no one gets excused.
Kormakur sets an icy tone from the beginning and sticks to it as his tense morality tale plays out.
As in many other Scandinavian thrillers, the style is cold and austere, the content ugly and misanthropic.
While the endgame remains blurry, Kormakur's grim, desolate thriller is a gripping dive into the shadows and more emotionally twisted than most sawed-off-shotgun-toting revenge films.
[An] assured suspense drama, which sports little of the blackly comedic streak usually associated with its maker ...
The film's ultimately conventional take on rationalized violence lacks teeth, relegating it to an already overflowing bin of cold-nosed morality tales that are indistinguishable from each other.
...a better-than-average thriller that benefits from its strong performances and Kormákur's solid direction.
Faults aside, it is still a return to form for Kormakur, as his recent foray into Hollywood certainly was met with a drop off in quality (Everest had about 5,000 characters climbing the mountain including Jake Gyllenhaal who literally had nothing to do)
Too aware of Hollywood references to offer something even a little original or personal. [Full Review in Spanish]
The last movie in the world that you would want to go see with your father-in-law. [Full review in Spanish]
What lifts The Oath out of the realm of exploitation is the casual refinement of its performances.
An effort is made to ground the movie more in tragedy than thrills. And as the film draws to a close, the director's sincere efforts pay off.
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