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directed by Tarik Saleh
Sweden/Sri Lanka 2014

 

The heist of an armored car at the Landvetter Airport resulted in the loss of four million Euros, which have not been recovered even though the police know the identities of the five robbers. At least four of the robbers have no idea where the money has been stashed, believing that leader Tommy has made off with the money to Sri Lanka. When Tommy's girlfriend Estelle (Moa Gammel, LAPLAND ODYSSEY) returns to Lapland with their daughter Isabel (Inez Buckner) a year later, she is stopped by the police (AS IT IS IN HEAVEN's Ingela Olsson and EASY MONEY's Alexander Stocks) for questioning and they confiscate an urn of ashes for DNA testing to find out of it is the remains of Tommy. When she discovers that co-conspirator Rikard - who was supposed to transfer Tommy's share to her - has been murdered, Estelle rushes to the hiding place of the money only to discover it empty. Suspecting accomplice Bobby (Ola Rapace, I AM YOURS) of hoarding the money since he has been living it up in Tommy's absence, she leaves her daughter with her sister Blanca (singer Lykke Li) and struts right into the lion's dean threatening Tommy's return if he does not come up with the one million Euro share. Bobby is extremely rattled while Rikard's brother Matte (Alexej Manvelov) is skeptical. When the police warn Estelle that the papers will be publishing news of Tommy's death, she spins the story to Tommy's former contacts and sets about turning the other members of the gang against each other and turning the city into a war zone. Tommy may very well not be dead, but can the threat of his presence behind the scenes save Estelle from betrayal by one of the few she thought she could trust?

A more conventional sophomore effort from former TV documentary filmmaker Tarik Saleh following his animated feature debut METROPIA, TOMMY is a sleek and tense thriller that rarely condescends to Hollywood action cliches. It's somewhat choppy structure seems only partially designed to keep the viewer on edge, and is fairly shallow on character development despite wanting to appear to be character-driven. Performances more so than scripting keep the viewer engaged with Rapace and particularly Johan Rabaeus (EVIL [ONDSKAN]) - as the connected godfather of Estelle's daughter - particularly memorable. The film's opening credits are accompanied by Enya's "Boadicea" (last heard on film stateside on the Stephen King-authored SLEEPWALKERS).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 14 March 2014 (Sweden)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:30:15 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1; Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Start-up trailers for 'False Trail', 'Northwest', and 'Pioneer'

DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

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Arrow Films' single-layer, anamorphic transfer of this 35mm-lensed feature exhibits minor edge-enhancement and looks a little flat in some shots but reproduces the chilly look of the film nicely in SD. Although there is no set-up menu, audio options include the film's original 5.1 mix as well as a 2.0 stereo downmix track. The English subtitles are optional and free of errors. The only extras are start-up trailers for other Nordic Noir titles. The Svensk Filmindustri Blu-ray and DVD releases do not seem to be English-friendly and the extra content (if any) is not currently known.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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