Varg Veum - Falne engler (2008)
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.