Dark Tourist: small story, big impact

For a film obviously produced with few resources and on a tight budget, DT convincingly delivers a menacing, occasionally savage depiction of the corruption of the human psyche. However, it starts so slowly that you’ll be tempted to put the kettle on in the first twenty minutes, and as it’s only a short film –…

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…

Criminal Winnings: book & DVD giveaway

This week on MMM we’re giving away a stack of books, ebooks and DVDs; a selection of outstanding criminal investigations, murder-mysteries, Nordic noir, sci-fi, supernatural and chilling thrillers, including several exclusive hard-copies signed by the author. IT’S CRIMINALLY SIMPLE TO ENTER: >>‘Like’ the Murder Mayhem and More Facebook page >>Find the book, film, ebook or TV show…

The Equalizer: equal and almost opposite

For more than two hours, this intelligent, taut, low-key thriller kept us entertained and engaged. It far exceeds expectation, and delivers a typically thoughtful and powerful performance from Denzel Washington. It also perfectly sets up a sequel or TV series, but it’s now hard to imagine someone other than Denzel taking centrestage in the role…

Closed Circuit: a quiet kind of conspiracy thriller

A clever, low-key thriller, Closed Circuit has more in common with Tinker Tailor than Jason Bourne. It’s a typically English conspiracy, exploring similar issues of modern political morality as Bill Nighy’s Page Eight, and harking back to the days of Sandbaggers and beyond. This is most definitely not a running / shooting / shouting action-adventure…

Pioneer: art-house underwater intrigue

  More art-house than action-adventure, Pioneer nonetheless kept us utterly gripped with intriguing plot developments, stunning underwater photography and a powerful central performance. There is, inevitably, an American re-make on the way but this multilingual Scandinavian film (with subtitles, no need to learn Norwegian) perfectly captures the feel of the times. In common with many…

Cannibal: haunting, not horrific

Don’t watch this expecting to find Hannibal Lecter at his most gruesome. No fava beans were harmed in the making of this subtitled art-house drama (although I’m pretty sure that a nice Chianti makes a guest appearance). Instead you’ll be mystified, perplexed and intermittently entranced by a slow-burn psychodrama, one which explores human isolation and…

Wallander: powerful performances to the very end

The final episodes of this Swedish interpretation of Wallander more than live up to the high standards of the earlier series. Given the lead character’s situation – his gradual acceptance of intellectual decline and the onset of dementia – they have the potential to be mawkish, morbid or just plain miserable. But instead each 90-minute…

Freebie Friday: WIN Eurocrime DVDs

We’re giving away a cracking collection of TV Eurocrime this week, which includes SPIRAL (series 1, 2 and 3), BRAQUO (series 1 and 2) and Jean Reno in JO. That’s almost 50 hours of non-stop hard-hitting Continental crime – FREE for one lucky winner.   Just like the Murder Mayhem Facebook page and like/share this…