Further to my previous post about Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Begoña and I went to see this film yesterday. Directed by Óskar Jónasson and starring Baltasar Kormákur, it is based on a screenplay written by Arnaldur Indriðason and Óskar Jónasson. It was selected to represent Iceland for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, though it failed to receive an Oscar nomination.
Unfortunately there were only four people, besides us, watching the film. It was released in Spain on May 14, and it has lasted a fortnight only, we could have missed it. Quite a pity because I like it very much. It is well told, well shot and well resolved. A very entertaining action film, maybe not a great one but perfectly made. I had a great time.
Working Title Films is planning a U.S. remake starring Mark Wahlberg. The original director, Óskar Jónasson, will be replaced by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film’s lead actor and producer.
Baltasar Kormákur (Reykjavík, 1966) is a graduated from The Drama Academy of Iceland and is one of Iceland’s most popular and critically acclaimed actors of the younger generation. He has really made his name as a director and theatre entrepreneur. His father, Spanish born Baltasar Samper, is a well known artist in Iceland. His mother is Icelandic. He speaks Icelandic, English, Spanish and Danish.
My rating: 7/10.