A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Stockholm (2018) opens Friday
The plot has Ethan Hawke taking hostages in a bank with the hope of freeing his friend played by Mark Strong. Hawke's plan and demeanor is extremely odd with the result that the hostages begin to side with him as events drag out.
That the film works as well as it does is due entirely to the cast which is headed by Hawke, Strong and Noomi Rapace. They sell the whole thing, keeping it all real even as the events spin out into silly territory. The cast make you certain that this is what happened even if you're not sure if this is what happened.
The only flaw with the film is that it isn't always certain as to what it wants to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? We aren't always certain...
...on the other hand it doesn't really matter since it all holds together and the uncertainty adding weight to a very good little film
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