|JAR CITY (MYRIN) (director/writer: Baltasar Kormakur; screenwriter: based on the novel “Mýrin” (“Tainted Blood”) by Arnaldur Indridason; cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson; editor: Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir; music: Mugison; cast: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Inspector Erlendur), Atli Rafn Sigurdarson (Örn), Elma Lisa Gunnarsdóttir (Gunnur); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Agnes Johansen/Lilja Palmadottir/Baltasar Kormakur; IFC Films; 2006-Denmark/Germany/Iceland-in Icelandic, with English subtitles)|
police procedural written and directed
by the Icelandic director Baltasar
by Dennis Schwartz
procedural written and directed by the Icelandic
director Baltasar Kormakur ("The
Deep"/"Everest"/"100 Reykjavik"). It's
based on the 2000 novel Tainted Blood by the
Icelandic writer Arnaldur
follows the middle-aged weary cop Erlendur (Ingvar
E. Sigurdsson) trying to link the mysterious 1974
death of a little girl to the recent murder of a
reclusive lowlife thug.
Orn (Atli Rafn Sigurdarson) is a dad still
distraught at the death of his daughter, who hacks a
national genetics database to help in the
investigation. Meanwhile Erlendur
tracks down leads with fellow investigators Oli
(Bjorn Hylnur Haraldsson) and Elinborg (Olafia Hronn
Jonsdottir). On a personal level the cop
wrestles with the drug addiction of his pregnant
unmarried daughter (Agusta Eva
depicts how senseless, stressful and messy are most
crimes, and that it's not necessarily action heroics
that get the perps but good old-fashioned police leg
work, persistence and dedication.
The surprisingly haunting crime drama, not as simple as first thought, makes for a satisfactory watch, and that it takes place in the rarely seen in film Iceland makes it all the more interesting.
REVIEWED ON 9/28/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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