It's perhaps unfair to compare this with Jägarna, but since the original title is Jägarna 2, it's perhaps not as unfair as all that.
Much of the impact of its predecessor is the jolting introduction to a different Sweden from that portrayed in most other Nordic Noir films. If you were to watch this film first, you'd probably get much of that impact. But coming second, as it does, the viewer is less overawed by the all-pervasive Deliverance-like menace, and more focused on the plot.
And the plot, frankly, isn't as good - there are many conventional devices - and the denouement is disappointingly Hollywoodesque.
Still, this is a good thriller, and the menace is still there, though maintained more by scenes of violence than by less obvious means. The acting is a little uneven - I wasn't entirely convinced by one or two of the more minor characters.
Altogether, this is a slightly less accomplished film than its older brother, but that still makes for a thoroughly enjoyable evening in front of the TV.
This is actually a follow up to a film from 1996 called `Jagarna' and this was originally called `Jagarna 2', but you don't have to see the first one to be able to follow this but it will help contextualise everything. It stars Rolf Lassgard as Detective Eric Backstrom, he is called to his familial town to investigate a suspected murder after a girl goes missing in very suspicious circumstances. The only suspect is the town's local human detritus and the cops hate him and are always trying to fix him up for crimes. So the objectivity of Stockholm CID is what they are looking for - enter Detective Backstrom.
Once Eric starts to do his investigation it soon appears that the local cops are probably not as dogged as he would like and things just do not add up on the evidence front. Soon he is at loggerheads with most of the police and some of the locals as he leaves no stone unturned to get to the truth and having to face up to the ghosts from the past and what he has both done and failed to do.
This is a great film, the cinematography is brilliant and the Swedish country side is amazing. A word to animal lovers there are hunting scenes in this and animal butchery which is completely real. Peter Stormare playing bad cop Torsten is actually brilliant and I discovered he was in `The Big Lebowski', so watch out for him. But the real star is Rolf Lassgard who pulls the whole thing along and balances the good cop routine with enough humanity to flesh out the character. There is a wide interest in Nordic films at the moment and if they keep making them like this then that interest is not going to wane any time soon.
This is for me much better and better balanced than the previous version of 1996. This sequel is also marginally improved if you have seen the earlier version as some of its context is recalled. Screenplay is VG -maintaining the dramatic intensity throughout ,as well as the cinematography..Pete Stormare is superb as the local policeman who has issues and as usual Rolf Lassgard is super as the visiting investigator.Both have English subtitles and I watched both in bluray to enjoy the wonderful views on offer. Definitely a "cut above"
Rolf Lassgard plays the role of a Swedish detective who transfers from the capital city to join the police force in a small backwoods community. When a young girl is found murdered the local police chief assumes that the culprit has to be a local hippie-cum-petty criminal who has had many run-ins with the law in the past. The police chief, like all of the men in this community, is a fanatical hunter. Everyone has a high-powered hunting rifle and revels in shooting. Scenes of animals being killed, then beheaded and disembowelled set the tone for the gripping drama that unfolds as Lassgard gets closer to the true identity of the girl's killer. Not as convincing or as dramatically coherent as "The Hunters".