Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writer: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Based on: the video game series
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost
Seen on: 29.3.2018
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Plot:
By birth, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is very rich, but since her adventurer father (Dominic West) disappeared, Lara doesn’t want anything to do with the estate. Instead she makes her money as a bike courier, a job that plays into her adrenaline seeking tendencies. But then Lara gets an elaborate puzzle box that sets her on the path of her father’s last adventure. Even though she goes against his wishes with her decision, she decides to retrace his last known steps and figure out what happened.

My first thought after leaving the cinema, was “well, Tomb Raider is a film I have seen now” and that still pretty much captures the level of excitement and fun the film achieved. But at least it never got really boring.

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Hellfjord (2012)

Hellfjord
Director: Patrik Syversen, Sebastian Dalén, Ole Giæver, Kenneth Olaf Hjellum, Vegar Hoel, Roar Uthaug
Writer: Zahid Ali, Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola
Cast: Zahid Ali, Stig Frode Henriksen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Thomas Hanzon, Pihla Viitala, Maria Bock
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe
[Hellfjord is a TV series. I usually don’t review those but since I saw the entire first season at the /slash, I thought I’d make an exception.]

Plot:
After a very unfortunate and very public incidence involving his horse, police man Salmander (Zahid Ali) gets relocated to the town Hellfjord where everything is just a little fishy. And that is not only because of the fish factory Hellfish, run by Bosse Nova (Thomas Hanzon). Soon Salmander literally stumbles on a body and teams up with local journalist Johanne (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) to solve the town’s mysteries.

There is a lot that I enjoyed about Hellfjord but there are also elements that didn’t work for me at all. The end result is a very mixed bag of beans.

Hellfjord

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Flukt [Escape] (2012)

Flukt
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writer: Thomas Moldestad
Cast: Isabel Christine Andreasen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Milla Olin, Kristian Espedal, Tobias Santelmann, Bjørn Moan, Hallvard Holmen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
After the black plague has ravaged the lands, Signe (Isabel Christine Andreasen) and her family are moving about, trying to find a new life – until they are caught by robbers, led by Dagmar (I who take Signe with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal). They take Signe hostage because Dagmar’s daughter Frigg (Milla Olin) would like a sibling and Dagmar can’t have children anymore. But it turns out that Frigg isn’t actually Dagmar’s daughter. Instead she sees a possibility for escape in Signe and together the two girls actually manage that. But Dagmar won’t give them up easily.

Flukt is an excellent, atmospheric film that, despite its not at all surprising story draws you in and won’t let go of your attention until it’s done.

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