Commissioner Beck and colleague-lover Lena Klingström finally booked a common holiday, but soon find neither con concentrate on it after Gunvald Larsson and the press report an apparently senseless slash-murder in the Stockholm metro system, so Lena prefers to return. Sulking Beck is made team leader of a task force, which soon includes other corps. The home of missing conductor Erik, on whose shift a murder was committed, Beck is alarmed finding elaborate network plans, and an Internet-sign for "death". Beck looses charge, having made no progress after three more murders, but disagree with terror specialists comparing the case to the religious fanatics' Tokyo poisoned gas slaughter. The tunnel system is closed and searched, Beck finds Erik hiding there, fearing his sister Annika's young video-gaming-in-real-life gang, which stages power cuts to reach a higher level by bloody killing.Written by
There are moments when lousy script-writing transcends the depths of horror and becomes truly awful. This is one of those moments.
I don't even know where to begin. The fact that there were more of these pathetic "Beck"-movies produced after this disaster proves more than anything the dreadful state of Swedish film-making. The plot is psychos are killing people in the subways, leaving the police dumbfounded. Spearheading the investigation is as usual the worn-out cop Martin Beck (Peter Haber) and the departments muscle Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt). Haber is as always in these movies, very very tired. I can still remember movies when i thought that Haber was actually a good actor, but that seems like ages ago now. Nowadays he's just... tired. Persbrandt is the most entertaining part of the Beck-franchise. The cop that constantly threatens violence on anyone he perceives to be a criminal. Honestly these characters aren't as bad as they sound, with a proper script they could work.
Because the problem here as in all the new Beck-movies is the script. It always stinks. In the older Beck-movies where there were books to back up the story there was at least some semblance of coherence. The scripts to the new movies seem like five-minute jobs. In the end no detective-movie/crime drama can survive without a proper script, so it's no surprise that this is an almost complete failure. Sad.
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