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Varg Veum - Dødens drabanter (2011)

Varg Veum is summoned by the chief of police Hamre to a hostage drama on a farm outside Bergen. A married couple have been brutally murdered, and all evidence points to their foster son, 16... See full summary »

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Varg Veum is summoned by the chief of police Hamre to a hostage drama on a farm outside Bergen. A married couple have been brutally murdered, and all evidence points to their foster son, 16 year old Jan Egil. The kid refuses to talk to anyone else than to Veum, who knows him since childhood. He swears he had not killed his foster parents. But there is a couple social workers at the welfare home for stray kids, where Egil had landed when he was 1 year old. They got deeply touched by the drama as defenders of the young population of the social home, for it's been plagued by a new drogue called GHB (Hydroxybutyric acid) and several kids had died on it. When Egil declares himself guilty of the murder, Hamre, the chief of police, asks Veum to get his hands out of a solved case. But Veum discovers that Egil is been forced by the knowledge a disturbing reality concerning his foster father and this drug. Written by Bob Buckingham

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Veum jumps out of a window from Hammerstens apartment. He lands on a roof, and a mat, to help him do a stable landing, is visible. Veum crosses the small roof, and in the next shot the mat has been removed. See more »

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Trond Espen Seim resolutely tries to clear a young man of a murder charge
14 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beautiful Norwegian scenery enhances this Varg Veum entry from 2011 "Dødens drabanter". The Varg Veum television stories are competent and smoothly done detective mysteries with Trond Espen Seim playing the private eye (on the scraggly side) and Bjørn Floberg as the resident police detective who spars with Seim and reluctantly cooperates with him. In this one Floberg at one point lets a SWAT team wrestle Seim to the ground and handcuff him for minor resistance to police, while another time letting Seim get away with a vicious assault on a lawyer who is an underworld type with drug connections. This variety and their interplay add interest to the stories. Seim has attractive girl friends, now and in the past, and that helps too.

Floberg thinks that a case of two murders is completely wrapped up. There is even a confession from the unstable young man (Sturla Alvsvåg) accused. Seim knows this fellow because he was the child welfare case worker years ago who took him away from his heroin-using mother. What we see of Norway looks very clean, green, mountainous and laced with beautiful fjords. Beneath the surface are social problems, like drugs. A stash of concentrated GBH (gamma hydroxybutyrate) (club drug) is the focal point here. It's valuable because of demand for it, but overdose deaths are reported all the time.

This is a well-plotted and well-paced story. It moves right along and never fails to hold one's interest. Soap opera elements are not allowed to dull the edge or overwhelm the more dark elements. The side characters add a lot of interest and these are well-played by the cast. This is good detective story entertainment. It's on the pat side. We know that Seim is going to get his quarry and survive his encounters. Seim's Veum is an engaging character. He's serious but yet seems to have a twinkle in his eye. He's persistent and clever, someone we want on our side.


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