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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Book 2.
I liked this movie; a clever, intricate plot revolving around a bent SS major, some dodgy dealing Norwegians and a British agent. The first hour reminded me of a gangster film that happened to be set in WW2, whilst the last half hour or so turned into an espionage spy thriller. To be honest, this is very much an attempt to copy the superb Black Book [2006] [DVD] but heh,...
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Bobby Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough
It's good to see that foreign resistant films are getting quite a decent run of outings of late over the last few years. This film deals with high level corruption amongst the Norwegian business elite and their Nazi overlords. Based on a true story involving the Norsk Hydro company of the Heroes of Telemark fame. The film is moody with an authentic atmoshpere and I like...
Published on 28 May 2011 by Rich


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Book 2., 11 Feb 2011
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Bobby Smith (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I liked this movie; a clever, intricate plot revolving around a bent SS major, some dodgy dealing Norwegians and a British agent. The first hour reminded me of a gangster film that happened to be set in WW2, whilst the last half hour or so turned into an espionage spy thriller. To be honest, this is very much an attempt to copy the superb Black Book [2006] [DVD] but heh, so what, at least it is a 'copy' of a great movie. The biggest problem I had with this was the amount of Norwegians with moustaches. I found it difficult, at times, to spot one character from another, especially as a lot of the scenes happened at night. Still, no matter, it is still deserving of 4 stars. Good, solid entertainment for those who like WW2 films.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough, 28 May 2011
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It's good to see that foreign resistant films are getting quite a decent run of outings of late over the last few years. This film deals with high level corruption amongst the Norwegian business elite and their Nazi overlords. Based on a true story involving the Norsk Hydro company of the Heroes of Telemark fame. The film is moody with an authentic atmoshpere and I like the cinematography. It's has reasonble pace and although I'm sure it will be nothing like 100% factual it does gel well enough especially knowing the rife corruption in the Third Reich. Lena Halstrom (Aqua fame) puts in a credible performance. Although if you watch closely while she is running through the woods at the end of the film her footware changes from period high heels to socks and trainers then back to high heels when she gets back on the train. A strange oversight but other than that I can recommend the film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, 20 Feb 2011
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B. Olsen (Norway) - See all my reviews
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A bit melodramatic and perhaps not too realistic wartime story from occupied Norway, but apart from some boring song scenes it is good fun and entertainment.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel, 21 July 2012
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I don't often write reviews for films, especially when they're good. That's why I'm bothering to do so now.
This film isn't good, it's as dull as dish-water. Difficult to follow the excuse for a plot, boring, and appears to have been made with a budget of around £6.40. The box claims there is "an explosive twist around every corner, Betrayal is pure TNT" Perhaps I watched the wrong film. Or perhaps they meant TNT the Parcel-delivery firm. Save your money. If you happen to see it on a car boot sale for a £1.00 it's worth having in case you are ever suicidally bored, but even then, I suggest you try to haggle it down to 50p.
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16 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL, 17 Jan 2011
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Mr. D. Gumble "Dan" (Herts, England) - See all my reviews
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Having just left the year 2010, a year, in which, I believe few would argue had been a particularly impressive year for the world of cinema, it is with a hint of disappointment that I must bring to your attention a DVD release of such crashing and unbridled dross so early on in 2011. The film in question is Haakon Gundersen's 'Betrayal' (2009), starring none other than Lene Nystrom of 90s pop group `Aqua' fame.

Set in Nazi occupied Oslo, 'Betrayal' tells the story of a group of Wehrmacht officers and a local club owner, Tor Lindblom (Fridtjov Saheim), as he illegally supplies them with a wide range of industrial and recreational amenities. Unfortunately for Tor, he falls in love with nightclub singer Eva Karlsen (Nystrom), whom, as luck would have it, just so happens to be a British secret agent. When an outside party decides to send in an officer to check these transactions are legal, things take an inevitable turn for the worse.

For a film of such drivelsome melodrama and desperation in its attempt to be taken seriously, it is a truly remarkable piece of catastrophic casting to place the lead singer of 'Aqua' as its female lead. Not that her performance is particularly bad, it is just somewhat difficult to get behind the hero of a film swamped in Nazi corruption, who also happens to be `Barbie'. However, this is certainly not the primary cause of 'Betrayal's' vast and numerous shortcomings.

One of the most obvious and notable drawbacks of 'Betrayal' is the absolutely abysmal score; persistently using short, sharp bursts of strings in a fashion, which is not only ineffectual, but massively overstated to the point of tackiness, ultimately ruining any potential for tension or suspense. This is also true of the film's script, as it slowly and clumsily meanders through scene after scene of clunky, wooden and unconvincing dialogue.

Similarly, the performances are far too melodramatic; diminishing any traces of realism and making any form of engagement with both characters and plot, virtually impossible. Admittedly, the poor quality of the screenplay doesn't help matters, yet many of the cast do little to raise the bar. Take for example Gotz Otto's performance as SS Major Kruger, the officer with whom Tor conducts most of his dealings. A character of such vile corruption and immorality would surely have benefited from a performance of measured understatement in order to convey the necessary demeanour of menace and danger to the role. Instead, Otto's portrayal bears more similarities to that of a pantomime baddie than a genuinely loathsome villain.

It is essentially this preposterously unbalanced tone in each and every aspect of the piece that lies at the heart of 'Betrayal's' failure to capture both the mood of the era, as well as the imagination of the audience. Whilst trying to juggle heavyweight political and ethical issues with `Barbie Girl' and a `bad guy' more akin to Captain Hook than a high ranking Nazi officer, 'Betrayal' manages to stumble and fall over each and every hurdle in its path. With its bizarre combination of elements, the resulting effect is one of a film that hasn't quite figured out what it wants to be. On the one hand, there is the half-hearted attempt at providing an informative commentary on complex wartime issues; on the other is Gundersen's stab at creating an espionage/crime thriller. Sadly he doesn't even come close to achieving either.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brave attempt, 1 Dec 2012
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A good film but it leaves a lot to be desired. It tries to be another BLACK BOOK or SOLDIER OF ORANGE(the Paul Verhoeven films)but does not quite holds one's attention.Still it is worth seeing .OK for the price I got it for.(under £3)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars POOR, 4 Feb 2013
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NOT MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS MOVIE - JUST A TOTAL CASE OF POOR ACTING AND A REALLY TERRIBLE PRODUCTION.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good!, 30 Sep 2014
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Firstly the imagery on the sleeve is misleading as its from Black Book and it in no way is a description of the content of this film, it's slow, the story very weak.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Sep 2014
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very good
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good war film, 23 May 2014
This review is from: Betrayal [DVD] (DVD)
Very good
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