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5.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Crime and Drug Fest that Rocks!
For such a small country Iceland doesn't half produce some talent and this is another example of what they can teach the rest of us. This is based on actual events and takes us back to the heady days of 1999, just before all the computers were going to fall over in 2000. It tells the story of Stebbi or `Psycho Stebbi' as he soon gets nicknamed (played by up and coming...
Published 19 months ago by Tommy Dooley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic trainspotting wannabe
Like another Icelandic film "City State", this is another take on the Reykjavik's drug scene. Unfortunately both films suffer from the the same problems ie a bright start but ultimately let down by the usual cliche's of this genre.

So the main character Stebbi is a slacker who is facing time behind bars for an assault during a night out. He runs into an old...
Published 16 months ago by godzilla78


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5.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Crime and Drug Fest that Rocks!, 5 Jan 2013
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black's Game [DVD] (DVD)
For such a small country Iceland doesn't half produce some talent and this is another example of what they can teach the rest of us. This is based on actual events and takes us back to the heady days of 1999, just before all the computers were going to fall over in 2000. It tells the story of Stebbi or `Psycho Stebbi' as he soon gets nicknamed (played by up and coming Thor Kristjansson (`Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre'). He gets into trouble with the law and at the police station he runs into an old chum in the shape of shaven headed Toti (played by the guy with a name that rolls of the tongue - Johannes Haukur Johanesson ). Well Toti says he has a lawyer that is so great he can get him off the rap. So when Stebbi calls he says he will put him in touch for a small favour, a bit of mutual back scratching as it were.

Once the nature of said favour is made clear Stebbi starts to get cold feet, but they soon warm up again. Only then Toti gives him some advice in `self help' in taking internal anger and externalising it. Sadly Stebbi takes this advice to heart and soon earns the nick name of Psycho.

It is not long before he is drawn into the world of underground drug dealing, sex and crime.... and violence. There is also a love interest in the very easy on the eye, Dragny (Maria Birta who was in the excellent `Jitters') who has a thing for Stebbi and likes putting stuff up her nose- charming.

This is a full on assault on the senses and whilst the violence is not gratuitous it is very up front and quite nasty at times, we also have a fair bit of `getting it on' and not always when one party is ready. Plenty of drug use and some very Anglo Saxon language, any humour is incidental. That said, this had me hooked from the start and although it runs for 101 minutes it just seemed to speed past. I very much support the rise of Nordic films and think this can do nothing but enhance the already well established reputation that is well deserved - absolutely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't take any notice of the dustjacket, 7 Jun 2014
the film is way better than what's portrayed as 'skinhead / nazi' and is a clever & probably reflective view of an island culture in the modern day. would readily recommend this film - even with the dubbing. I'd be very surprised if an English language remake could capture the raw atmosphere in this in what does feel like a true 'true story'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black's Game, 28 Jan 2014
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Loved This Film, Got Emotionally Attached To Storyline and Fell Deeply in Love With One Of The Characters. I've Now Made All My Friends Watch It Too. Who All Agree, Simply Amazing Film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark cold place...., 26 May 2014
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Realistic, gritty, underworld Drama portraying some true-to-Life, villainous Characters, with a few timely twists & turns to keep you watching... right to the death
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4.0 out of 5 stars The cover photo really has little to do with the film, 4 April 2014
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A gritty film about a group of psychotic 'friends' dealing drugs in Reykjavik. A fair degree of sex and violence but not over the top for these days. Moderate pace. Don't watch this expecting wall to wall violence and car chases. It's a pretty simple storyline but one that is well executed. Well worth a watch. As usual, make sure you get the version with subtitles as dubbing totally transforms a film (and not normally for the better).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic trainspotting wannabe, 4 April 2013
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Like another Icelandic film "City State", this is another take on the Reykjavik's drug scene. Unfortunately both films suffer from the the same problems ie a bright start but ultimately let down by the usual cliche's of this genre.

So the main character Stebbi is a slacker who is facing time behind bars for an assault during a night out. He runs into an old school friend, Toti who introduces him to the world of drugs in Iceland's capital city. Thus begins an eventual downward spiral for Stebbi due to the excessive lifestyle on drugs and thinking you are bigger than what you truely are. Another old friend of Toti's shows up on the scene and takes control of this collective and Reykjavik's drug empire. The film is set during the countdown to the year 2000 and whilst the film stays with the general feel of the time, the drug use and arrogance of the group begins to get tiresome and boring. Its only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

So during a house party of indulgence, through a couple of events Stebbi comes to realize that he needs to wise up and get out while the going is good. Thus a string of events take place which bring the film to the conclusion and not a moment too soon. The film starts on a solid base but starts to wane and uses the usual cliche's and formula to reach its conclusion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge it by the cover, or title., 15 Feb 2013
This review is from: Black's Game [DVD] (DVD)
A great crime thriller. Although why the movie is called 'Black's Game' or has a Swaztika on the front is a complete mystery to me. That i can only put down to dodgy marketing. Not a neo-nazi in sight. It's a gripping movie about underworld drug gangs in Iceland. The first few minutes is a bit 'psycho' as it shows 'Stebbi's night out', but it soon finds it's stride. Dirty, gritty and well worth a watch if you don't mind foreign films.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by the dubbing, 29 Mar 2013
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P. Waller "Pip" (North Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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A decent crime film from Iceland on the drug trade there. Sadly spoilt by the very poor English dubbing. It is like a number of people sat round a table (which it possibly was) and just all speaking in very droll voices that simply do not match the characters. It would have been better with sub-titles. It is another of those films that suddenly just end leaving one in mid-air.
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