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This is another re release of a film, this time from 2006 starring the highly rated Mads Mikkelsen as Thomas Skepphult a Swedish businessman and a successful one to boot. We are shown a very dark happening some years before and that is left hanging, until that very incident comes back to haunt Thomas. This is as his partner is about to retire and leave everything to him.

But as in all good thrillers all great plans go to pot this time due to third party intervention and the pesky cops who always get it wrong. Then people start to die and Thomas is implicated. This develops into a thriller where Mr Mikkelsen has to prove his innocence, find the guilty party and protect his family whilst paying trusted confidantes oodles of cash to help him. Oh and trying not to be killed at the same time.

So is it any good? Well I really enjoyed it but this was an adaptation of the book by Jasper Karrbrink and it is hard to condense a complicated plot into 100 minutes of screen time. It is however, gripping in places and the suspense is palpable. The acting is all very good as is always the case from Mads Mikkelsen he is excellent. It might be cynical of me but I think this has only had a re release because of his recent success and concomitant popularity.

All that aside this fits in well with the ever growing catalogue of Nordic Noir and I must admit I am a fan so as I missed it first time round, it was nice to get it brought back to my attention. A good solid film , with good direction and acting that may leave a few loose ends but you do ultimately feel that you have seen a rewarding piece of cinema - recommended to Nordic noir fans and if you like a good thriller.
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Starring Mads Mikkelsen and a very fresh-faced Alexander Skarsgard, this subtitled Swedish thriller is going to get a lot of attention. However, it's very different to the accepted style of modern Nordic noir, which is normally understated, bleak, haunting and introspective. Instead this is very much a Scandinavian take on a Hollywood action movie -- in the 'making of' special feature the writers freely accept that it has a lot in common with films like The Fugitive.

Exit is a corporate thriller, the old favourite where a businessman is set up for a murder he didn't commit, goes on the run, must gather evidence to prove his innocence; family left vulnerable and exposed, murky past bubbles to the surface.
Mikkelsen is his usual excellent self and dominates the screen for the majority of the film; Skarsgard plays a quietly polished supporting role. His character is much less self-assured than his later roles (Eric the vampire he's not!)
The plot is a trifle silly in places and the characters' actions don't always make a great deal of sense if you consider them in any detail. Lots more running, shouting and shooting than you might normally expect from Scandiland -- this is definitely 'action / adventure' rather than 'claustrophobic psychodrama.'

An entertaining Saturday night flick.
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on 10 July 2012
Bought for Peter Tagtgren's minute appearance in this - as a thug -and as I like Mads Mikkelson too. Later I discovered Alex Skarsgard so was extra impressed by the line up. Decent enough film which keeps you interested with a few twist and turns.
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on 30 July 2013
Another exciting Nordic thriller , this is more lads adventure than clever cunning who dunit and its stylish silly unlikely but very gripping . It really is more about the morality of big business and of friendship than a crime story . Mikkelesen always captures the screen and so here is an hour or 2 of escapist fun. The ending is so clever you realise the truth isn't all that you have been shown ; how far would you go to protect your family and your business . Loved it .Watch this fun now before America does a rubbish remake with Tom Cruise . Loved the speed boats and the stylish Swedish summer houses , a different take to scandi that the down beat city gloom .
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on 29 May 2014
I almost did not order it because it is not a series, and if a film is good, I want more and more. But this was worth it. Mads is always excellent. I will pick a film or series if he is in it because he chooses good films to act in. He did not disappoint.
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VINE VOICEon 31 January 2009
It's a bog standard (and rather bland)film about murder, board room secrets and hostile corporate takeovers. The main character is framed for murder and goes on the run to clear his name. Don't expect any exciting chase scenes etc as the film plods along for most of the duration. It has a Hollywood feel about it (minus the big budget and action) and is only saved by the presence of Europe's greatest actor - Mads Mikkelsen. Unfortunately, even he cannot raise the film above mediocrity as he is restrained by a below-par script. Certainly not one of the better films to come out of Scandinavia in the last few years.
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on 11 November 2011
it's a small thriller that i found very entertaining and will keep you in suspense through out the film, some surprises at the end! i recommend it!
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on 2 December 2015
Excellent thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout with plenty of twists and turns. Mads Mikkelsen gives another solid performance and seems to have a knack of picking the right roles. For anyone who is a fan of Nordic Noir this is a must - it combines the intrigues of the business world with crime and does not disappoint at any level. Supporting cast are excellent also.
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on 5 January 2015
Exit is exactly what you'd be looking for were you unfortunate enough to have paid money to view this in a cinema. As it is, most folks will likely encounter this witless gibberish on a DVD, and can if they so wish escape from it there and then -- though perhaps not in the same way as the "goodies" do here, where the "baddies" are so thick they allow exactly the same modus operandii to occur twice, the second time in full knowledge of what happened first time around. That absence of imagination as well as the abandonment of any sense of order or logic to a moribund plot about gangsters-killing-gangsters-while-the-stoopid-police-look-on -- ho hum, ho hum -- stops "Exit" in its silly tracks long before it has reached its mid-way point; after that, well, fast forwarding to the end will bring the viewer only to a contender for Most Contrived Plot Twist Ever, one supposedly deep with meaning and significant in its cleverness yet actually as shallow and uninteresting as everything preceding it. Bafflingly, there are even some who think the lead actor is "Europe's greatest actor", though then again, they're probably related to his agent. Verdict: rubbish in any language.
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on 28 January 2014
This Swedish film has a good plot and also a good fast pace. There is also a real twist in the story at the films end. The storyline as per the blurb on the DVD. Worth a watch.
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