Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.
Thursday, August 23, 1973 was an otherwise ordinary late summer day in Stockholm, Sweden. At 10.03 AM, a masked robber stepped into Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm. It was the beginning of one of the most internationally recognized crimes in history. Waving a submachine gun, bank robber Janne Olsson shouted orders in English, telling people in the bank to lie down on the floor, while also firing his gun towards the ceiling. In the commotion, a bank official still managed to reach the button for the silent alarm. See more »
In dialogue, the bank robber asks for a getaway car, a "Mustang Boss 302, just like Steve McQueen's car from the movie Bullitt." However, although McQueen's car from "Bullitt" is a Mustang fastback, as depicted in "Stockholm," McQueen's car was actually a 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, not a Boss 302 Mustang (which the bank robber asked for, and was made in 1969 and 1970, but not in 1968, in time for "Bullitt"), nor was it a 1973 Mustang Fastback, the car that is brought to the bank by the police as a getaway car for the robbers. See more »
More laughs than learning in this fictional spin on the events that gave shrinks a new diagnosis
Did you ever wonder about the origin of the psychological condition known as "Stockholm Syndrome"? The title of this rather comical account of a bank robbery turning into a hostage situation telegraphs the answer. Although the script is fictional, it is based on the actual 1973 events that added one term to our vernacular, and one section in pertinent psych texts. Good thing. As this ordeal plays out, it would have been too absurd to make up from whole cloth and successfully pitch to any studio.
Ethan Hawke is the solo robber at the beginning. But instead of grabbing the cash, he keeps a few hostages and demands the release of a prisoner (Mark Strong), among other terms. This goes on for a couple of days with more ups and downs and zany mishaps than one finds in any of Elmore Leonard's delightful comic caper novels or the movies they spawned. Not easy to do, unless you're the Marx Brothers. True to the premise, one of the hostages (Noomi Rapace, looking more prim and uptight than her norm) becomes the first to develop the symptoms. Another novelty is seeing the invariably-bald Strong sport a full head of lanky hair. Not his best look.
The film drags on a bit too long for the claustrophobic setting, as nearly every shot we see occurs within the bank. That cost it one of the potential stars, above. Hawke's edginess is amusing for a while, but grows tedious as he loses his cool over so many setbacks and complications. Even so, it's a generally amusing and entertaining diversion. Expect a fairly farcical variation on Dog Day Afternoon to watch it in the right frame of mind.
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