Krigen: an unwinnable war

This sombre, typically Scandinavian drama explores the reality of modern conflict from an intensely personal perspective. It starts as a ‘war is hell’ movie and ends as a courtroom drama, debating the moral dimension of military action. The protagonist is forced to make a choice in the heat of battle, and must then accept responsibility…

A Hijacking: Hard-hitting hostage drama

A Hijacking is 100 minutes of gruelling, gripping tension. It doesn’t seek to glamorise or Hollywoodise the very real threat of modern-day piracy to commercial shipping. Instead it starkly portrays the at times horrific possibilities when hostages are held long-term for ransom. It is not a barrel of laughs… The action switches between a Danish…

Wallander: Branagh’s farewell

This final set of three 90 minutes films are the hardest of the English-language interpretation to appreciate. Kurt Wallander has been brought to the screen by three different actors. If you prefer either of the Scandinavian versions to Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of the Swedish detective then you definitely won’t enjoy this one. If, however, you’re a fan…

El Nino: an intelligent narcotic caper

Despite its title, El Nino has nothing to do with global weather systems. It’s a stylish slice of Spanish movie-making and, like a lot of Eurocrime, this drug-smuggling drama leans heavily towards art-house cinema and a long way from outright action-adventure. The two-hour subtitled film explores themes and situations which Hollywood moved on from 20…