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I am not a big fan of Swedish films at all, but this one had Mads
Mikkelsen in the leading role. He is the greatest danish star in many
years (Bond 21, King Arthur)and just his presence should make you watch
The common problem with Scandinavian films is the budget, which cant match Hollywood at all, so the story has to be great. This story takes place in the financial world, and Mads Mikkelsen plays a businessman which is head suspect in the murder of his mentor, because he can gain a lot of money on his death. He is in-prisoned, but then a mysterious voice calls and starts making demands, and are they not held his wife and child are going to be killed. So we follow his fight for the survival of his family and pursuit to clear his name.
This might sound like an average movie, but the ends makes this a movie to seen and acknowledged. A great movie, great acting and a great story. Absoluttely worth a 1,5 hour!
Exit starts of interesting with a dramatic happening at a company. This
is kept as a secret for seven years. The film soon evolves into a fast
paced thriller. As always is Mads Mikkelsen brilliant, here as a
business man which find himself in a severe predicament.
The film has an interesting premise, and we are immediately drawn into the story, which is well explained, even being difficult business stuff. I haven't been very impressed with Swedish films from the last decade, except for making cheap but decent and well played crime thrillers. This however surprises in a pleasant way. It's engaging, surprising and realistically told about dirty business. The film gives me associations to both the Millennium trilogy and the sublime Norwegian Headhunters.
Surprisingly enough, as far as I can find, Peter Lindmark haven't directed a film since this one, which was made in 2006. How can it be he hasn't been called upon to do more directorial work for the last 7 years? I really think this is atrocious, as he deserves to do more work like this. There must be something seriously wrong with the Swedish film industry when this can happen.
Just as Thomas (Mads Mikkelsen) is about to step into the limelight of corporate leadership, a ghost from his past comes back to haunt him. Before he knows what's happening, people around him drop like flies and he finds himself at the hand of mysterious blackmailers. You can tell this movie is based on a novel (by Jesper Kärrbrink), and in a bad way. There are just too many loose ends for a feature-length exposition. Behind layers of deception and betrayal, there is nothing but more layers yet. I found it hard even to keep track of the players, both individual and institutional, as Thomas is caught in a circle of rising stakes and increasing violence. Go see it if you liked "The Firm" or Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet".
Scandinavian crime thrillers is a known sign of quality, recent years
have Danish films excelled Swedish ones, but in many of them, actors
from both countries are used. Exit is also a fine example of that
cooperation where Mads Mikkelsen - one of the most versatile
contemporary Danish actors - was included. Again, he gives a great
performance, nicely complemented by fine Swedes such as Alexander
Skarsgård and Ulf Friberg, for example. Moreover, Mikkelsen is fluent
in Swedish (rare among Danes), thus he is able to communicate in both
Danish and decent Swedish throughout the film, emanating from the
nature of his character.
The plot is okay, even good, but includes some questionable scenes and unexplained events, thus the tag "mystery" is in the right place... Twists and chases, however, were catchy to follow, and the lack of some logic began to "haunt" when the credits appeared, not during watching. All in all, Exit is recommended to all those fond of Scandinavian crime films with pacing faster than average.
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The same year (2006) he became internationally famous as the villain in the James Bond entry "Casino Royale", Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen starred in this relatively small-scale film, in which he is also involved in a torture scene with a man tied to a chair; the difference is that in "Exit" he is the man being tortured, while in "Casino Royale" he was the torturer. When it tries to be a financial thriller, "Exit" is dull. When it is satisfied with being an "innocent-man-on-the-run" thriller, it is clichéd but occasionally effective and tense (the scene with a car crashing onto a van is particularly well done). There is a last-minute twist that mostly just muddles things up, and should have been expanded upon. **1/2 out of 4.
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You can tell the screenwriters haven't got their heads around this project's plot line when it opens with a long verbal exposition followed by an intermittent voice-over. Now if the voice-over had been that of the dead guy (like Sunset Boulevard) then there's a bit of spice to it but in this case... Why haven't they worked out some visuals to tell this story? Lots of violence, action and boys' toys but not an original bone to its body. The life of a modern Swedish business man seems very Darwinian - red in tooth and claw - but there is good news. His wife still loves him at the end. And there are way too many loose ends. If you enjoy seeing Mads Mikkelsen being mangled then this is the film for you but you could just as easily watch re-runs of Unit 1. Me, I'll stick to Adam's Apple or the Green Butchers and have a giggle. On the plus side - nice scenery (both human and natural), and a decent level of cynicism (no propping up of capitalism here but no alternatives offered either), the film ends more or less in the territory it began (which is the point I guess). You could propose this film as an advertorial for Nail Guns but that's a cheap joke (SORRY).
Thomas is a successful businessman who lives a luxurious life with his wife and daughter. All the equations changed when his business partner, Wilhelm was found dead and Police arrests Thomas for the murder when his fingerprint was found all over the place. Mads Mikkelsen who is known for The Hunt and Pusher series is the main attraction of this thriller movie. There are many movies which have the exact same story of a suspect who is on the run to prove his innocence. Like those movies, It has the ingredients to keep you on the edge of the seat. Overall, it's a face paced movie with a constant flow of incidents makes it interesting and worth a shot.
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