30 promising minutes followed by 67 predictable ones.
I have to admit that the the makers of this film had me hooked during the first 30 minutes or so of it. It's a shame the rest of it is so predictable and full of improbabilities that it ends up being quite a disappointment of a film.
It has a lot going for it. Two somewhat talented directors (though one could question if there's a need for two in this case), a brilliant cast and a beautiful setting. What it lacks is a decent and not so derivative script.
Some of the things that bugged me:
Sofia Ledarp's character hides in a hunter's tower in one scene. This makes for poor choice of location as there's not a single person in the (Swedish) audience that doesn't immediately think of Kjell Sundvall's Jägarna.
There's a German hunter character that turns up halfway through the film. I don't speak German, but I'm relatively sure that he says he's hunting moose. What else is there to hunt in Sweden for a German hunter? Stereotypes anyone?
Björn Kejllman's character is shot in his side, possibly through his stomach and still manages to survive one night and half a day out in the woods though it is quite likely that he has sustained internal bleeding.
In one scene, Sofia Ledarp's character manages to sneak into the back-seat of the car driven by the man hunting her, where she gets hold of a phone. She uses it to call the Swedish equivalent of 911 and she has to whisper quite high for the operator to hear her. Why is it that Kjell Bergqvist's character (the man hunting her) can't hear her? He has to be deaf not to hear her, and he's obviously not deaf as he manages to find her wherever she hides for the entirety of the film.
It's highly improbable that Björn Kejllman's character would be found at all at the end of the film.
Regarding the ending, there's not much to say. This is the kind of film that ends in one of two ways:
1) The main character manages to escape and runs out into an open field where he/she gets rescued by a police/military helicopter.
2) The main character manages to escape and finds his/her way to a road, where he/she gets help from the passengers of a conveniently approaching car. The driver of the car is either a savior or, in some cases, the man hunting him/her.
Guess which one they went with...
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