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Magnus Martens' Scandinavian sleeper hit Jackpot (2011) is an exciting, playful and bloody comedy from the producer of 2006's Cold Prey. Based on the book by Norway's leading crime writer, Jo Nesbø, the film follows a group of scruffy young men, all of them with a criminal background, including Oscar (Kyrre Hellum), Thor (Mads Ousdal), Billy (Arthur Berning) and Tresko (Andreas Cappelen). To celebrate this release, we have Three DVD copies of the film to give away, courtesy of Metrodome Distribution. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Jackpot (Norwegian: Arme Riddere), 2011.
Written and Directed by Magnus Martens.
Oscar Svendson (Kyrre Hellum) regains consciousness clutching a shotgun beneath the body of a dead prostitute and recounts his unlikely story to the investigating detective.
After the left-field success of Headhunters comes Jackpot, the latest work adapted from Jo Nesbo's sticky red pen. Like Headhunters, Jackpot is a morbid tale of unpleasant men doing unpleasant things and director Magnus Martens crafts a suitably scabrous black comedy with wanton disregard for good taste.
Martens' influences are writ large - the essential structure is lifted wholesale from The Usual Suspects – the story is told in flashback as down-on-his-luck factory foreman Oscar Svendson (Kyrre Hellum) is interrogated by the brilliantly passive-aggressive Detective Solor (Henrik Mestard). After his ex-con employees make him an offer he can't refuse, Oscar »
After thoroughly enjoying Headhunters earlier in the year, I was quite geared up for a rollover of Norwegian noir from none more blackly comic Scandinavian scribe Jo Nesbø. Jackpot is another slice of Tarantino/Coen Brothers-esque crime capery with a rich seam of dark humour running through it like a nine inch nail through the cranium.
Our ‘hero’ is Oscar (Kyrre Hellum), who works at a factory that takes old plastics, chips them up (remember that, it’s important) and turns them into small fake Christmas trees. Oscar’s company specialises in employing ex-cons. As such, Oscar finds himself keeping some less than reputable company. Soon he is embroiled in a football pool with three of his colleagues, which, due to a quirk of fate, they »
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