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on 23 September 2015
A mish-mash of other people's styles black comedy with a few very funny moments, but overall, no class, although the characterisation was quite good.
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on 29 May 2014
Not as good as Headhunters, but then not every movie can be an academy award winner. I'd recommend it to Jo Nesbo fans and others with a sense of dark humor and who enjoy good entertainment.
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on 6 March 2017
Great movie! Quick delivery, new bly-ray!
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You wouldn't necessarily expect one of the masters of Nordic noir to come up with a laugh-out-loud comedy-thriller, but Jackpot just demonstrates that author-turned-scriptwriter Jo Nesbo has more than one trick up his sleeve.

Jackpot is bleak and bloody, subtle and understated, in your face and riotously funny. Sometimes all at once. It blends some outstanding performances from Scandinavian actors (the investigating officer is particularly brilliant) with a neatly twisty-turny plot. Somehow, even though Jackpot involves sawing up dead bodies, disposal of said dead bodies by porcine methods, corpses who aren't quite dead yet, masses of arterial spray, a sleazy strip joint, a machine gun shoot-out and an unfeasible number of blow-up dolls, it's all done in the best possible taste. Some of the gags rely on the lowest common denominator, but they're all handled with a wry flair which Hollywood could learn a lot from.
It helps that this story is an intriguing one and it's cleverly presented. We see most of the plot in flashback, so we know the outcome from the start. Or do we?

A surprisingly spiffy evening's entertainment for people with offbeat tastes. No special features on our disc, sadly. The subtitles are a bit tricky to read (and I still want to know what 'farn' actually translates to...)
8/10
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on 13 October 2014
Head Hunters this is not: I found it extremely confusing, totally over the top and inevitably over- hyped. I wanted to like it but basically life's too short to sit through the likes of this.
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on 9 August 2014
Slightly disappointing film, the books are good, the film was a disappointment
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 February 2017
There is an Oscar Wilde quote which came to mind during the watching of this Norwegian blood spattered gruesome crime comedy, namely the one that goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness,” and although this movie is far from mediocre it is undoubtedly and unashamedly an entertaining homage to the brilliant Coen Brothers, film Fargo (and am I alone in thinking that the main character has a more than passing resemblance to Steve Buscemi?). Set in the border country between Norway and Sweden the movie tells the tale (mostly in extended flashbacks) of gormless plastic Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen, whose job appears to be to try and keep in line the ex-cons who are employed there, how he unwillingly becomes part of a small football betting syndicate who hit the jackpot and win 1.7 million kroner, and how this results in more trouble than he ever thought possible as the film begins with Oscar waking up in a in a strip joint with a shotgun in his hand surrounded by bloody corpses and being arrested as the prime suspect for this massacre by the police. Prompted by a no-nonsense, sardonic and understandably incredulous police inspector it is no surprise to us that the story recounted by Oscar is a brutal tale of greed, betrayal, murder and recycling with an almost cartoon-like violence punctuating the increasingly bizarre twisty narrative as the body count is ratchetted up. Great fun.
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on 23 March 2017
Excellent speedy delivery and product thankyou
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You wouldn't necessarily expect one of the masters of Nordic noir to come up with a laugh-out-loud comedy-thriller, but Jackpot just demonstrates that author-turned-scriptwriter Jo Nesbo has more than one trick up his sleeve.

Jackpot is bleak and bloody, subtle and understated, in your face and riotously funny. Sometimes all at once. It blends some outstanding performances from Scandinavian actors (the investigating officer is particularly brilliant) with a neatly twisty-turny plot. Somehow, even though Jackpot involves sawing up dead bodies, disposal of said dead bodies by porcine methods, corpses who aren't quite dead yet, masses of arterial spray, a sleazy strip joint, a machine gun shoot-out and an unfeasible number of blow-up dolls, it's all done in the best possible taste. Some of the gags rely on the lowest common denominator, but they're all handled with a wry flair which Hollywood could learn a lot from.
It helps that this story is an intriguing one and it's cleverly presented. We see most of the plot in flashback, so we know the outcome from the start. Or do we?

A surprisingly spiffy evening's entertainment for people with offbeat tastes. No special features on our disc, sadly. The subtitles are a bit tricky to read (and I still want to know what 'farn' actually translates to...)
8/10
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