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After Rubicon (1987)

Etter Rubicon (original title)
Two boys who were found sick on a boat in the sea near northern Norway, are hospitalized with mysterious symptoms. Doctor Jon Hoff can't help them, they die shortly after. He finds the same... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
Jon Hoff
Ewa Carlsson ...
Mona Axen
Ellen Horn ...
Maria Hamarøy
Toralv Maurstad ...
Carl Berntsen
Jack Fjeldstad ...
Thorvald Hoff
Alf Malland ...
Arne Michelsen
Bjørn Sundquist ...
Christian Sampson ...
Martin Hamarøy
Stein Erik Skattum ...
Tom Hamarøy
John Ausland ...
Amerikansk offiser
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Two boys who were found sick on a boat in the sea near northern Norway, are hospitalized with mysterious symptoms. Doctor Jon Hoff can't help them, they die shortly after. He finds the same symptoms on a cat, which is the only living soul found on the tanker Rubicon that drifts in the sea. The secret service starts investigating the case, confiscates the bodies. When Hoff notices that the whole event shall be kept secret, he begins to investigate on his own. He begins to realize that his patients showed symptoms of a nuclear contamination which politicians and military want to keep from the public by all means. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Carl Berntsen: [Jon wounded in hospital hand-cuffed to bed, Berntsen questioning him] What the Hell are you doing? You were told to stay away!
Jon Hoff: What has happened....to Maria?
Carl Berntsen: She is dead! Burned in her house. Where's your father?
Jon Hoff: You are a quisling....,Berntsen....
[quisling = traitor]
Carl Berntsen: [Berntsen leaves the room, and talks to Mona. Then Mona gives Jon a shot of sedative. Berntsen enters the room again, and un-lock the hand-cuffs] Fuck you.
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Weak story drags the whole movie down with it.
17 September 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I am sure that this movie accomplishes a lot compared to what ever its budget was. The setting and the story cleverly avoids needing a big cast or crowds. I am also sure that the story touched upon themes that were quite relevant around the time of its release. But now, almost 30 years later, it completely failed to captivate me at any level.

The villains of the story are completely boring, and their motives are highly questionable. While its easy to look back at thrillers like this and call them naive, there's really no way around it. Maurstad's characters doesn't seem to have reflected over his situation at all, which makes his role in the narrative hard to believe (throughout the movie). The faith of the young boys and their mother could have evoked quite powerful emotions, but it's largely glossed over.

The direction, soundtrack and even the actor's performances are good enough for an entertaining movie. It's the story that's the weak link that makes it all fall apart.

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