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Rat King (2012)

In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as two teenagers become absorbed into a computer game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world.

Director:

Petri Kotwica

Writer:

Petri Kotwica
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Credited cast:
Max Ovaska Max Ovaska ... Jury
Julius Lavonen ... Niki
Outi Mäenpää ... Mother
Niina Koponen Niina Koponen ... Mia
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ... Salo
Miika Ullakko Miika Ullakko ... Luke
Maarja Jakobson Maarja Jakobson ... German teacher
Külliki Saldre Külliki Saldre ... Principal
Kene Vernik Kene Vernik ... Sari
Marten Tall Marten Tall ... Jamppa
Oliver Rauam Oliver Rauam ... Jokke
Camilla O'Connor Camilla O'Connor ... Nurse
Kadri Kilp Kadri Kilp ... Pet shop clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ville Tiihonen ... (voice)
Kirsti Valve Kirsti Valve ... (voice)
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In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as two teenagers become absorbed into a computer game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world.

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Oletko pelaaja vai tehtävä? [Are you the gamer or the task?]

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Drama | Thriller

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The cast are mostly Finnish actors, but three are Estonian: Maarja Jakobson, Külliki Saldre, and Kene Vernik. See more »

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Chasing shadows
17 August 2012 | by tommisterSee all my reviews

Story of a high school graduate (Juri played by Max Ovaska) who is addicted to computer games. After her girlfriend (Mia played by Niina Koponen) threatens to leave him, if he does not stop playing and choose her, Juri gets frustrated and decides to stop playing. Soon after he is contacted by another player, that has been missing. Niki (Julius Lavonen) is a mysterious character whose appearance is almost identical with Juri's.

Niki seems to be troubled with a game he has been playing. He needs a safe place to stay at for some time. Juri decides to help him, and eventually finds web address tattooed on Niki's arm. Juri chooses to try where the address takes him, and he ends up playing a weird game, with different tasks. Niki decides to help Juri in his tasks, but at the same time, they end up changing identities, mixing them together.

The very beginning of the story seems distant and cold. Mainly because of the depressive and majestic movie score by Lauri Porra. Cinematography by Mika Orasmaa is dark and atmospheric. All this darkness seems to be a little too much, and the storyline ends up suffering from it. It seems clumsy.

Director Petri Kotwica has collected several awards in his homeland Finland, and abroad. He is one of the new directors on the front-line, seeking to succeed internationally. Rat King seems to borrow a lot from American High School thrillers, and lacks Finnish touch. One of the reasons may be that, the film has been filmed in Estonia. Even the country is neighboring Finland, the atmospheres and locations have different feeling to them. However, this is a reason, the film does not really 'feel' Finnish.

By the end of the film the story starts moving on. It gets intense toward the end, and the identity play gets to it's end, and makes the viewer gasp. The film has certainly has its thrill, suspense, and action, which is quite rare for a Finnish film. Even though it lacks originality, it may be one of the most entertaining films from Finland in 2012.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland | Estonia

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Rattenkönig See more »

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Estonia

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Budget:

EUR1,690,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,728
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Allfilm, Making Movies Oy See more »
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2.35 : 1
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