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2 items from 2010


Liff 2010: The Last Employee review

26 November 2010 7:05 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

What should a horror film accomplish? Whichever way you look at it, The Last Employee fails - sometimes abjectly - at everything it sets out to do. It's never remotely unsettling, much less horrifying, a would-be twisted psychological chiller where both plot beats and scares end up glaringly obvious, even unintentionally funny. The dull, leaden story never once evokes any sympathy or concern for anyone involved, bar the cast members desperately trying to lift their lifeless dialogue out of the bottom of the bucket.

David Böttcher (Christian Berkel, Black Book, Downfall, Inglorious Basterds) is a liquidator, employed to resolve failing companies' affairs after showing their staff the door. Long out of work for reasons that become clear later in the film, when he's offered the chance to wind up one firm in a gloomy office building downtown he jumps at the chance, knowing how much his family needs the money. »

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Flame & Citron (Flammen & Citronen) | Review

4 March 2010 7:02 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Ole Christian Madsen Writers: Lars Andersen, Ole Christian Madsen Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind, Mille Hoffmeyer Lehfeldt, Christian Berkel, Hanns Zischler, Claus Riis Ostergaard, Lars Mikkelsen, Flemming Enevold, Jesper Christensen The place is Copenhagen, the year is 1944. Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and Citron’s (Mads Mikkelsen) moral compasses are spinning out of control as they go on a strategic killing spree of Danes who are collaborating with Nazis occupiers, then straight for the jugular of the Nazis themselves. Citron begins the film as a family man; he is Flame’s sidekick, but he is literally just along for the drive (a stressful job nonetheless causing him to sweat profusely, drink heavily and gulp down pills to quell his nerves). However, it is not long before the lunacy of war takes hold of Citron and never ever lets him go. Even Flame, who is an unwavering killing »

- Don Simpson

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