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The Third Wave (2003)
"Den tredje vågen" (original title)

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Johan Falk hasn't been working for over a year since he resigned from the police. Most of all he wants to move out to the countryside, but fate has a different thought.

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Rebecca
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Kane
Marie Richardson ...
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Dauphin
Lennart Hjulström ...
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Stevens
Robert Giggenbach ...
Sorensen
Pierre Deny ...
Leblanc
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Hanna Alsterlund ...
Jacqueline Ramel ...
Anja (as Jaqueline Ramel)
Joram Voelklein ...
Van Nuys
Joep Sertons ...
Van Effen
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In The Hague, Holland, the new chief of Europol Sellberg broadcasts a tough speech against the third wave of crimes in Europe, promising to suffocate the schemes of powerful criminals. He invites his former detective and friend Johan Falk for a meeting, with the intention to join him to his team. Meanwhile, the executive Rebecca accidentally opens one correspondence of her mate, Kane, and finds that he launders illegal money for European mobsters. When she decides to disclose her discoveries to Europol, her life is jeopardized by the associates of her boy-friend, but Rebecca is rescued by Johan, and they have to fight against the organized crime to save their lives and Johan's family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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En hel kontinent håller på att stjälas. An entire continent is being stolen

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15 October 2003 (Sweden)  »

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SEK 34,000,000 (estimated)
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Several entire blocks were constructed in Trollhättan to simulate locations of Munich and the Hague. See more »

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When Rebecca is sitting on the ferry to Hoek van Holland, the green screen used for the window is reflected in the shiny table. See more »

Quotes

Bodice: [Radio] We need a fucking hospital here!
Devlin: [Radio] Roger. And can we please use the proper procedure of language, over.
Bodice: [Radio] Fucking roger, out!
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"Dock INGET TACK till polisledningen i Göteborg som för tredje gången vägrat lyfta ett finger för att hjälpa oss. Tur att polishuset i Göteborg i övrigt är fyllt med samarbetsvilliga poliser..." Which translates roughly to: "But NO THANKS go to the police-management in Göteborg as they, for the third time, have been unwilling to lift a finger to help us. Lucky for us the police-houses of Göteborg are filled with cooperative officers..." See more »

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Followed by Johan Falk: Spelets regler (2012) See more »

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Europol. Eurosec. Euronoia?
20 June 2007 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is quite a fascinating movie. These days it came as add-on with TVmovie magazine (Germany), which lowers the threshold to get it for EUR 3.50.

It's documented as a Swedish/Finnish co-production. I didn't see a Finnish angle, but the Swedish is strong, even though the movie hardly ever plays in Sweden: the hero and family, as well as Rebecca the heroine, and Sellberg the short-lived commander, and the female officer in Göteborg, all come from there.

Action happens in UK, Netherlands, Germany, going south (from Swedish point of view) ever more. And going badder. "There's no place like home" (Sweden: for feeling secure, or burying commanders), and all other Europe is a battleground between toothless Europol and privatized security firm EuroSec (which in London has 20 times worth the equipment of City Police).

I felt scared by the seemingly uncontrollable powers of EuroSec (and their runaways). If this corporate security firm can overwhelm police, a fundamental concept breaks away. In the end, the bad guys lose. But will something like this happen again? You bet...

Certainly not a perfect movie, but very thought-provoking. The Munich riot was over-the-top, as mentioned before, but seems to get closer to the reality of EU/G8/... summits (rubber bullets are still only discussed, but not used by German police yet). I can at least recommend this to European viewers: a decent action movie with deeper context.


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