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Reykjavik - Rotterdam (Contraband) [DVD]

Baltasar Kormįkur , Ingvar Eggert Siguršsson , Oskar Jonasson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Baltasar Kormįkur, Ingvar Eggert Siguršsson
  • Directors: Oskar Jonasson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Spirit Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NY3ULS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

An Icelandic crime thriller with the gloss stripped away - leaving a bleak, sad and despairing narrative - director Oskar Jonasson's Reykjavik-Rotterdam hones in on a down-and-outer at the very end of his rope. For Kristofer (Baltasar Kormakur) life has been little more than a never ending series of failures and disappointments. Among other things, he made the colossal mistake of smuggling alcohol during his tenure as a shipworker - a little stunt that promptly landed him behind bars. Now, following release, he struggles to pull his life together while working as a security guard and continually attempts to support his family. Then the opportunity arises for Kristofer to do one final tour on a freighter running from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Rotterdam, Holland. Kristofer initially embraces the opportunity to work with his old friends once again - little foreseeing the malestorm of crime into which this move will plunge him. At the time of release, some English language sources misleadingly categorized this film as a comedy. As the above synopsis indicates, nothing could be further from the truth. Currently being remade in Hollywood (entitled Contraband) and starring Mark Walhberg and Kate Beckinsale.

About the Actor

Baltasar Kormákur Actor: 101 Reykjavik Director: Jar City, 101 Reykjavik, A Little Trip to Heaven Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson Jar City

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little movie! 6 Mar 2012
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I was drawn to this film initially by the lead actor, Baltasar Kormákur, who in my opinion is a truly great director and actor (check out Jar City or Reykjavik 101). I found myself completely absorbed in the action - couldn't take my eyes off the screen. There are some terrific, really natural performances from all the lead cast.The film is set in equal parts in its native Iceland, on board a cargo ship, and in Rotterdam. There is just enough comedy to keep it on the light side without spoiling the undoubted drama. Don't be put off by the English subtitles - this will give you the perfect excuse to watch it again! It has been made into a Hollywood blockbuster, Contraband, but I would strongly advise watching the unadulterated undiluted original, Rekjavik Rotterdam.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the Icelandic film that garnered so much deserved attention when it first hit the screens back in 2008. It stars Baltasar Kormakur as Kristofer, he is working as a low paid security guard. This is after he lost his job on the ships due to alcohol smuggling. Iceland has stupidly high tax on alcohol and so there are big bucks to be made in smuggling it in. He has done time for his crime but took the rap for his co smugglers, this includes best mate Steingrimur. He is also married to his ex wife, but Steingrimur seems very keen to help in their hour of need, probably too helpful.

Anyway money is tight and so Kristofer gets cajoled into doing one more job by Steingrimur, so with the money in place and a willing crew he sets off. Problem is Steingrimur has his fingers in a lot of pies and interests in Kristofer that go beyond his smuggling capabilities. Meanwhile Kris and co get sidelined in Rotterdam with a very unsavoury character indeed and all merry hell kicks off.

This is the most expensive film ever from Iceland and it does show, it is well directed, acted, shot and perfectly paced for that thriller atmosphere that can either make or break a film. It has been remade in the US as `Contraband' starring Mark Wahlberg, but Baltasar Kormakur directs it.

This is high octane, gripping, violent and actually funny on more than one occasion; so an all round ruddy treat. I have not seen the remake but as this was so good I will give it a whirl. There are enough twists to keep you guessing right up until the end, and yet this is one that you will get more out of on subsequent viewings as there is just so much packed in. If this is what Iceland can do then I wish them every success - in Icelandic, Dutch and some English, and a fair bit of cuss words this is one for action thriller fans and anyone who likes World cinema. Seriously if this is what Iceland is like no wonder so many mums go there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very realistic 9 Jun 2013
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knowing the areas involved,and having been in the shipping business,i can honestly say this movie gives an excellent idea of the reality of such situations,acting very good also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film. 30 Jan 2013
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great film this, lots of twists and turns, so you need to keep an eye on things,otherwise its easy to miss, what is actually going on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Singhie
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An absolutely fantastic film produced with local funding and the forerunner to a Holywood block buster (Contraband).

Reykjavik-Rotterdam was poignant, emotive and one may have been able to empathise with Christopher (Baltasar Kormakur) who went on to direct Contraband.

The film was fast paced and a true testimony to creative genius because it was an epic especially when the budgetary constraints are taken into effect. The words "When little acorns become mighty oaks" are so true and anyone who has watched Contraband should also watch Reykjavik-Rotterdam to appreciate the evolvement of a concept.

The film contained a broad depth of emotions: empathy, sadness, excitement, exhilaration, hilarity and above all a happy ending where good triumphs over evil.

The characters were all real and many may be able to identify with the characters and the lives of those involved in the making of this film, a local film which went onto become truly international.

In Contraband Baltasar Kormakur took the opportunity to make good for the bungling character of Christophers brother-in-law which Oskar Jonasson did not fully capitalise on, otherwise this film was probably unfaultable.

Both Reykjavik-Rotterdam and Contraband are truly great films and those who watched Contraband should watch this to contrast the development of the modern cimema and the huge impact budgets have on facilitating the success of films.

I thoroughly enjoyed Reykjavik-Roterdam and above all would wish to convey thanks to not only the cast but also the financial supporters of this film - The Icelandic Film Centre, Norsk Film & TV Fund, Rotterdam Film Fund.

It just goes to show how important funding of the Arts, Culture, Media and Sport is at grassroots level and how this allows for creative potential and ability to develop and thrive.
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