A Swedish attempt at a Jerry Bruckheimer extravaganza!
This is the first movie based upon the TV-series "Hassel" from the 80's and early 90's. A lot has been updated in terms of pace, photography, music and set pieces, but the characters from the original series are still there, and it's good to see most of the main cast back in uniform for this one.
The film starts off when a drug courier is killed and Roland Hassel and his colleagues start to investigate the case. It doesn't take longer than to say "Simpson/Bruckheimer" before a lot of chaos and mayhem erupts.
Lars-Erik Berenett is perfectly cast as Roland Hassel once again and his character is well transformed into this faster moving and more action filled piece compared to the slower TV-police-drama. He gets nice support from actors Regina Lund, Björn Gedda and Thomas Hanzon, the latter playing the bad guy, and making a good job at it.
This IS Hassel for the 90's, erm, the Y2K and the film makers have made a nice looking, explosive sounding film that doesn't cut down too much on the characters and drama between the action scenes.
Director Mikael Hylin makes a nice attempt at creating a Jerry Bruckheimer big budget extravaganza with a limited Swedish budget and no Hans Zimmer. But it works! Mr. Hylin must have felt he had a good one coming up, because he even thanks Jerry Bruckheimer in the end credits. Make sure to stay behind and watch them.
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