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I onde dager (2021)

Director:
Tommy Wirkola

COUNTRY
Norway

Genre
Thriller/Comedy

INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Trip

RUNNING TIME
113 minutes

Producer:
Kjetil Omberg
Jørgen Storm Rosenberg

Screenwriters:
Tommy Wirkola
John Nivevn
Nick Ball


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Lars Aksel Hennie
Lisa Noomi Rapace
Mikkel Nils Ole Oftebro ½
Viktor Stig Frode Henriksen ½
Ida Selome Emnetu -
Petter Atle Antonsen ½
Dave Christian Rubeck ½
Roy André Eriksen ½
Hans Tor Erik Gunstrøm -

 

Review

Tommy Wirkola returns to Norway and the splatter sensibilities which got his career going with Kill Buljo back in 2007. This time, Wirkola weaves his bloodlust in with a rather clever and original crime/drama premise: An irritable, financially ruined couple go on a weekend trip to their cabin by the sea, both planning on murdering the other. What they don't know is that three crazed convicts have escaped from a local prison and are on the run in the very same area. Not surprisingly, all sorts of enmeshments ensue, and also not surprisingly, some of them are funnier and more creative than others. At its best, I onde dager shakes up some established conventions and delivers some playful narrative twists which make it a fascinating watch. But at its worst, it resorts to cheap toilet humour and abundances of deus ex machinas as a way out of various deadends. And after an hour of that during the film's second half, you will likely have long since tired of it and realized that there is nobody and nothing to care about in this film, except maybe the skill of the makeup department.

Copyright © 17.11.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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