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Rancid (2004)

Once a promising writer, John Hayson now gets by on the odd writing job. A personal tragedy has left him dispassionate about the world and his work and he lives his life in limbo. In the ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Ersgard

Writers:

Jesper Ersgård (story) (as Jesper Ersgard), Jesper Ersgård (screenplay) (as Jesper Ersgard) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Settle ... James Hayson
Fay Masterson ... Monica Klein
Currie Graham ... Crispin Klein
Patrik Ersgård Patrik Ersgård ... Andy Fell (as Patrick Ersgard)
Jay Acovone ... Capt. Peters
Michael Wiseman ... Det. Kent
Jennifer Jostyn ... Det. Olsen
Siena Goines ... Angela Morris
Paul Satterfield ... Richard Desmond
Pernilla August ... Ms. Bergquist
Yun Choi ... Officer Wang
Alex Zonn Alex Zonn ... The Bum
Jarmo Mäkinen ... Ash
Ola Rapace ... Bob
Daniela Svensson Daniela Svensson ... Lazy Telemarketer
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Storyline

Once a promising writer, John Hayson now gets by on the odd writing job. A personal tragedy has left him dispassionate about the world and his work and he lives his life in limbo. In the midst of this existential crisis he attends a high school reunion and meets three old friends; acquaintances he's tried to forget but who now emerge like ominous shadows from his past. Once again, face to face with the love of his life, Hayson tries to right old wrongs and get his life back on track. However, life has other plans, and he realizes that the past is best laid to rest or it might haunt you forever. He soon finds himself embroiled in a nightmarish brew of deceit, passion and murder. Wanted by the police for a heinous killing, he must choose between succumbing to his darkest desires or the light that will renew his faith in himself and his future. Written by Anonymous

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Do some people deserve to die?

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitmeyen Gece See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

SEK 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sonet Film AB See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The directors wife died suddenly during the shooting. See more »

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The hobo had pearly white teeth. See more »

Quotes

Monica Klein: How's life?
James Hayson: Rancid.
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Stripped down and brutal, this is good
17 June 2007 | by lagriff05See all my reviews

This movie reminds me of one of those plastic hamster wheels. It goes pretty fast, and gets pretty intense, but in the end, you're left in exactly the same place that you started. It starts out pretty slowly, and at first I wasn't inclined to like it too much. There is no noticeable soundtrack to this one, so it's devoid of a good atmosphere (which a good suspense/thriller needs), and this gives the whole package a very 'hollow' feel, like it's a low budget movie. The directing is lackluster in the respect that those damn camera zoom-ins get really irritating by the end of the film. I've never seen a movie that overused aerial shots like this, and that's probably because it's a bad idea. But despite all that, I enjoyed this movie.

The plot is rich and leaves a lot for you to ponder over while the cameras are rolling, and the characters all give off very memorable and believable performances. This is a very dark and gritty film, reminding me of what A Killer Within should've been, but wasn't exactly. The plot twists at the end are unexpected, and maybe they weren't executed as well as they could've been, but it's all fine and dandy with me. While most of the movie is a bit slower and building things up, with the romantic tension and such, the last half hour or so is very intense and bloody, and I'm left very satisfied with this film overall. While the rather open-ended ending left me feeling empty (that whole hamster wheel analogy), this film manages to build up a crescendo of surprising energy that left this movie as quite a good offering of crime/thriller action. Recommended to fans of the genre.


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