Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced ...
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A romantic comedy about the adventures of Nordip Doenia, a clever young Moroccan guy in The Netherlands. His parents destine him for great things, but Nordip clearly has different ideas. He... See full summary »
Bracha van Doesburgh,
A bold, amateur kidnapping goes wildly awry in this fictionalized account of beer magnate Alfred Heineken's (Rutger Hauer's) 1983 abduction, which would go on to become one of The Netherlands' most infamous crimes.
Reinout Scholten van Aschat,
Leading up to their 500th match, the late twenty-something members of a Dutch amateur soccer team have their intimate bond put to the test as they each find themselves facing increasing responsibilities off the pitch.
Jean van de Velde
Danny de Munk,
Abdullah 'Ap' Bentarek may be happy that, unlike his Uncle Yusuf who stayed in the ancestral Moroccan mountain village, his own father, Ali, moved to the Netherlands. However, the boy has ... See full summary »
Albert Ter Heerdt
Salah Eddine Benmoussa,
Zohra 'Flifla' Slimani
Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced into obtaining secret information from a childhood friend turned gangster. The childhood friend turns informant. But his revelations are hardly the most important "leaks" in the story. In fact, the new relationship between old friends goes all wrong, and the young policeman becomes increasingly involved in a deadly web of lies, crimes, treason, and revenge, all seemingly out of control.Written by
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I must say I quite enjoyed this film from Jean van de Velde. His script is far from original, to be sure, but it has a lot going for it. Victor Löw is entertaining as the driven friend from hell whose reappearance in a young policeman's life changes the destination of all concerned. Cas Jansen has the innocent looks his character requires and, although a bit tame in the beginning, he gets better as the film progresses to its inevitable violent conclusion. There are several more than adequate action scenes for the fans to enjoy: my favourite is the one where two hitmen chase the young cop through an animal sanctuary where he is forced to use the cover of some horses to get away clean. Production values are above standard although you better don't hold your breath if you want to wait for some original camerawork. The attraction of Lek, I believe, lies in the director's willingness to give the audience what it wants. There are some nasty, violent set pieces that will delight the hard core cop thriller freaks. As far as brainless entertainment goes, this is as good as anything made in Hong Kong these days.
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