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Varg Veum - Falne engler (2008)

Preceded by: Varg Veum - Din til døden (2008)
Succeeded by: Varg Veum - Kvinnen i kjøleskapet (2008)

Director:
Morten Tyldum
COUNTRY
Norway/Denmark
GENRE
Crime/Thriller
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Varm Veum - Fallen Angels
RUNNING TIME
87 minutes
Producer:
Guttorm Petterson
Screenwriter (from the book by Gunnar Staalesen):
Thomas Moldestad


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Varg Veum Trond Espen Seim ½
Jacob Per Kjerstad Andersen ½
Hamre Bjørn Floberg ½
Rebecca Pia Tjelta ½
Simon Fridtjov Såheim ½
Renate Anna Bache-Wiig
Anita Ragnhild Gudbrandsen
Noor Iram Haq
Isachsen Endre Hellestveit
Harry Kløve Nils Jørgen Kaalstad
Johnny Solheim Jesper Malm
Trine Ingvild Lien Sunde

 

Review

From an exclusively suspense point-of-view, Varg Veum - Falne engler, the fourth installment in the series about the Bergen private detective, is perhaps the tightest and best so far. Unfortunately, the film doesn't have quite the interpersonal or human quality and depth to match this. The film starts off brilliantly with Veum finding himself in the middle of an emotional, physical and criminal setting where he must sort out his own involvement before he can untangle the real mystery. The crime story is cleverly set up and has a lot of potential, but ultimately becomes a little too messy and unfocused. Director Tyldum unveils his culprit too early in the film's denouement, making the final act seem unnecessary and forced at a juncture where the story needs a little more subtlety and flair. Another drawback this time around is that the Veum/Hamre relationship seems to have lost some edge - now the two come off as a middle-aged married couple, thus removing the ambivalence of the previous films.

Copyright © 3.9.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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