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Icelandic Crime and Drug Fest that Rocks!,
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.