Nobel’s Last WillDirector: Peter Flinth, Yellow Bird Films, Rated M, 90 mins
From the Yellow Bird producers of the Millennium trilogy that brought to the screen the successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies comes the enthralling Swedish language thriller Nobel’s Last Will directed by Danish filmmaker Peter Flinth (Arn) and based on Swedish author Liza Marklund’s main character in her novels-journalist Annika Bengtzon.
The movie opens with a lavish setting where Annika (Malin Crepin), a reporter with the tabloid paper Kvallspressen is covering the reception for an Israeli scientist who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine but within minutes, witnesses his shooting and that of the Chair of the Nobel Prize committee, Caroline von Behring (Anna von Rosen) by a female assassin known as Kitten (Antje Traue).
After being told by the police that she is not to file any report on the murders, Annika continues to investigate the case, believing that the real target to be von Behring.
As she begins to unravel the conspiracy surrounding the Nobel Prize committee her suspicions lead to three closely aligned colleagues–namely Birgitta Larsen (Maria Langhammer) von Behring’s intimate friend, Johan Isaksson (Karl Linnertorp) a doctoral student and Bernhard Thorell (Per Graffman), an ambitious scientist who attempts to win over Annika’s affections - two of whom are destined to meet their untimely deaths.
Amidst Annika’s investigations there is also a sub-plot relating to her own domestic trouble with her husband over the bullying of their son.
Unlike the graphic scenes shown in the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, Flinth’s feature is an engaging, entertaining and well paced thriller with a great ensemble cast of mainly Swedish actors, especially from lead actress Crepin, providing a powerful performance as the heroine in her uncovering of the corruption involving the Nobel Prize awards.
VIC'S VERDICT: 4 Rubber Stamps
The Pirates: Band of MisfitsRelease Date September 2012
Director: Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt, Sony Pictures Animation, Rated PG, 88 mins
This latest animated movie from the Wallace and Gromit filmmakers Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt is a swash-buckling pirate adventure featuring Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral) in the animated role of the bearded but effusive Pirate Captain who together with his motley crew are determined to win the prized possession of the Pirate of the Year Award - having failed and been humiliated on earlier attempts.
In particular the Captain’s main objective is to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutliss Liz (Salma Hayek - Puss in Boots).
The Pirates-Band of Misfits (not a reflection on the Treasury) is an hilarious take on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise filled with high seas adventure, plenty of laughs and wonderful performances from Grant, Piven and Hayek as well as Brian Blessed voicing the Pirate King character, Brendan Gleeson as the Pirate with Gout and David Tennant (Dr Who) as Charles Darwin.
The DVD with its array of bonus features is bound to appeal to all age groups with its fun storyline and Aardman’s cinematic claymation effect.
VIC'S VERDICT: 3 Rubber Stamps
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