Jackpot (Magnus Martens, 2011)

August 15, 2012


Following Headhunters, Jackpot is the second of an increasing list of Jo Nesbø adaptations for the big screen, and is similarly concerned with a hapless individual thrown into increasingly violent and absurd predicaments. Magnus Marten’s film’s greatest strength is its frequently funny blend of dry humour with dark, violent comedy of a cartoonish nature. It’s this quality, and the general idiocy of the film’s protagonists, that brings to mind certain Ealing comedies and the Coen brothers. A particular body disposal sequence and the winter setting initiate Fargo comparisons specifically, though Jackpot’s attempts at tension never reach the levels that duo’s comedic thrillers still tend to possess. A big factor for this is the film’s framing device, which involves a sole crime-scene survivor and suspect, still bloodied, regaling the events that have got him to that interrogation room. Since this character, Oscar (a brilliantly bemused Kyrre Hellum), is the sympathetic innocent of sorts amidst a group otherwise made up of violence-prone ex-cons, his established survival means the various threats upon his life in the flashbacks hold little weight…

Full review at Sound on Sight


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