Top positive review
13 people found this helpful
A blunted edge
on 30 May 2014
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.