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At Point Blank More at IMDbPro »Rånarna (original title)

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Not a complete robbery of your precious time...

Author: SrCAPnCDLvl99 from Oxelösund, Sweden
19 January 2004

For all of you that don't speak swedish: The swedish [original] title of this film; "Rånarna" translates into something in the line of "The Robbers". This fact is the main problem I have with the film, cause it's not really about the robbers at all. It's about a young woman working for the swedish police researching robberies. A regular desk job one would think, but this girl is soon out on the field taking matters into her own hands, as the story goes, even shooting one of the robbers... Exactly: We've seen this before. The fact that there's a rather interesting twist to the plot halfway through doesn't really help as the ending is just as cliché as the first two thirds of the film.

What saves it from being just another mainstream film is the fact that it's masterfully executed in all ways, that the actors are as great as they are and don't overact and that the director really manages to keep it as thrillingly exciting as it is for the most of the story.

One thing that I really loved about this film is the fact that it's music sets the right mood when it's needed, but is absent for the rest of the time, which gives a nice sense of reality to the shootouts and car-chases spread throughout the film. A nice touch! The fact that Michael Persbrandt is one of the few swedish actors that often tend to get typecasted sadly hurts the film as you know that he's not going to just play the boyfriend of the heroine and be a supporting character in the background, but that's something you have to neglect.

All in all it's an entertaining film that steals more money in it's plot than time from you. 7/10

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Nothing is what it seems in Stockholm

Author: richard_sleboe from Germany
15 January 2008

Some cops are killers, a robbery can be a kidnapping in disguise, and a friend may turn out to be an enemy after all. Peter Lindmark does wonders when he gets to work with his own script, rather than the novel he used as the basis for his most recent movie, "Exit". While "Exit" is as complicated as it is predictable, "Rånarna" tells a simple story that is full of surprises. There seems to be no bottom as grand larceny investigator Karla Arvidsson (Sofia Helin) is sucked deeper and deeper into her current case, a series of highly professional bank robberies rooted in paramilitary right-wing underground circles. Much as the movie owes to the clever script, it's Sofia Helin's personal touch that makes you want to know what happens next. She makes Karla come alive as a rich character, with a story of her own that extends well beyond the two hour window of the movie. No doubt she will stay with you for a while. Go see it if you liked 2001's "The Pledge".

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Not even mediocre

Author: Mats Eriksson from Stockholm, Sweden
23 January 2004

Swedish action movies have over the past few years evolved into something that imitate American hardened action movies like "Heat" but with a low budget. This movie follows the same prescription as "Noll Tolerans" and "Livvakterna". However, it is obvious that they are trying too hard to make a cool and tough movie.

The story has been seen before, the dialogue feels artificial and the acting is very poor, especially from the main actress. The movie tries to paint a picture of hard-boiled military-like robbers with no remorse at all and a female investigator who has completely lost it with problems of the past but at the same time acts completely rational. It does not succeed very well.

The bluish-cast photo style does not seem fresh anymore, and it is not even done well in this picture. Only a very few scenes actually look good. Also, the sound is quite weird and it sounds like a lot of the actual dialogue is recorded afterward.

The main quality of this movie is Stefan Sauk, though not making a convincing portrait of a SWAT-team leader, has some really funny lines. Also, the music is quite well.

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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful:


Author: Mattias Petersson from Stockholm, Sweden
18 January 2005

Standard procedure for Swedish movies today seem to be to start by throwing plausibility out the window and continue down that path for the rest of the process. Rånarna is another fine example of a movie making very little sense.

Banks in Stockholm are being robbed by a highly efficient "military-styled" gang of robbers. Two police officers start investigating the case that soon becomes more complicated than it would appear at first.

As usual in Swedish film the cast is mostly made up of the same people you have seen over and over again. Mikael Persbrandt must be in every Swedish film from the last few years! But that's OK i guess since Persbrandt is one of few that performs solidly here (like he usually does). The problems with this film mostly revolves around the story itself. First of all the robberies feel mostly like background. Rather this is more a movie about a young policewoman fighting to prove herself in a male world (like that has not been made a thousand times before with a decent actress instead of Sofia Helin). Also there is a completely unbelievable plot twist near the end that seems about as plausible as Aliens landing. But still, i did think it was a quite nice touch considering i was half asleep right about then. It spiced things up a bit (and actually saved the rating from dropping another step).

In the end the main problem is the same thing as with most other Swedish movies of this kind. Simply that the action and suspense doesn't live up to the standards we are used to from other movies of this kind (mostly Hollywood). It feels cheap and rather weak in comparison. In my opinion Swedish filmmakers should try to focus more on plot and acting, and forget about trying to make "Hollywood-action light" like they do now. Because this becomes yet another forgettable effort from the Swedish movie-industry. I rate it 3/10.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Poor, predictable and bad acting

Author: jayymz from SWE
18 January 2004

Quite typical for swedish movies of this type. Strange that the acting was soooo bad, these actors usually give a good show. The casting was poorly done, it made you expect something (I won't tell you what). The lead character was awful... I don't know where they find her. Anyway, stay away from this and go see "Den Tredje Vågen" instead, this is swedish action in is prime.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The only good thing about this is the title, I was robbed of 2 hours of my life

Author: Alexis from Stockholm-Sweden
15 January 2004

This must be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was actually expecting a bad movie but I was caught by surprise believe it or not. The storyline is the traditional, all clichées are included.

The dialogue is so poorly written that you actually laugh when the otherwise half-descent actors are trying to make it sound real. The photo is not too good, the music is so malplacée it actually made me angry, the actors are not even trying, altho the script makes it almost impossible you could expect more from people that have been acting for 30 years and the so called action scenes actually manage to lack the "action" itself.

I dont understand why these types of bad movies keep on coming, who is financing this shit? Where is the screening ? And why on earth do actors take on this mission impossible script?

There are a million hollywood-movies in this genre without even aspiration of reaching the theaters, but even them Straight To Video things actually manages to look professional in comparison.

I can not say anything positive about this except the title which explains it all, I feel robbed of 2 hours of my life.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Really bad!

Author: Christian Rutegard from Stockholm, Sweden
18 January 2004

It feels like swedish movies are trying to become more american and I just don´t get it. In this movie the performance of some of the actors is horrible and the script is nothing special. Don´t waste your time!

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