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Kings Bay (2017)

Director:
Stig Svendsen
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Thriller
INTERNATIONALTITLE
Kings Bay
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
Marcus B. Brodersen
John M. Jacobsen
Screenwriter:
Stig Svendsen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Harriet Hansen Kari Bremnes
Oscar Stokstad André Sørum
Ivar Karlsen Kristian Figenschow
Robin Torgersen Kim Sørensen
Sunde Maria Bock
Knut Jørgen Langhelle
Johan P. Berg Erik Hivju
John Bache Randolf Walderhaug
Gabrielsen Eirik Junge Eliassen

 

Review

This formulaic and utterly cliche-ridden conspiracy theory movie was created by a filmmaker (writer/director Stig Svendsen) who obviously has found more inspiration in other films in this genre (both those from the classical American period of the 1970s, such as All the President's Men, and not least the Norwegian 1985 classic with similar thematics, Orions belte) than in the actual Kings Bay accident from 1962, of which this film presents little in terms of hard facts or dramatization. That being said, what Svendsen presents here is an interesting theory - albeit still just a theory. His film is also well shot and looks good in its stylized, nostalgic underlit way. Norwegian musician Kari Bremnes plays the lead as the ravaged investigative journalist with confidence and intensity, and as probably the film's only non-cardboard character, she adds a drive to the narrative which otherwise for long stretches of the film simply isn't there. But of course, any underwhelming film can to a large degree be saved by an explosive ending.

Copyright © 27.6.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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