MORE TOP FOREIGN THRILLERS/DRAMAS

1: THE KING OF DEVILS ISLAND
OFFICIAL PLOT
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

MY THOUGHTS
I was recommended this film in the comments in one of my previous post’s. It has stayed on my watch-list now for quite some time and I recently got round to watching it.
You really have to be in the right kind of mood to watch this. I loved it and from the official plot you can imagine just what it’s gonna be like. Dark, gritty, tragic and all with some very fine acting from a very believable cast
The film is loosely based on actual events that happened back in 1915. The director and cinematographer done a great job. This isn’t a nice place to be and surrounding area of the boys home is a huge wilderness The actors executed everything perfectly

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MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT
MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1
KILLER INSTINCT #2

OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Mesrine was the foremost criminal, public enemy N°1, the man most wanted in France, guilty of 39 crimes. “In the police or newspaper history, Mesrine broke all records”. The film begins with his escape on May 8, 1978. Mesrine was the only man to escape from La Santé. We relieve the 18 crazy months he spent on the run and his encounter with Sylvia who is swept into his madness.

MY THOUGHTS
What is there to say really??, these film(s) have Vincent Cassel and that reason alone should make you want to pick it up and give it a shot. The man is one of the finest actors around today and he gives a powerhouse of a performance no matter what role he is portraying on-screen.
Although like most double features, the film does slip into slowness a few times along the way. No fault in the scripting, directing or the acting. I just thought that one epic feature length film would’ve been better than trying to spread it out over two films. I have been meaning to write about this one, but it’s probably one of the more mainstream world cinema titles which got a huge amount of publicity on its release, so chances are, you’ve all seen it already, but Hopefully some of you haven’t. This still comes highly recommended and is guaranteed to satisfy any action-hound.

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3: ADAMS APPLES
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

MY THOUGHTS
I watched this film not really knowing what it was about. It has huge ratings and great reviews everywhere I looked.

I was about 5 mins into the film when I realised that it was also a comedy, a comedy with the strangest atmosphere and mood that one could get when watching a film. As the storyline progressed it just got stranger and stranger and I found myself laughing very hard for all the wrong reasons (if that makes any sense).

The story follows a neo nazi named Adam who has just been released from prison and has do a stint in a local church for other offenders before being released back into society. There he meets a gas station robber , a overweight rapist/sex offender and a female alcoholic who are all staying in the same place. The church is one run by a pastor called Ivan, who is superbly played by Mads Mikkelson . Although Ivan is surrounded by these people, he can’t help but see the good in them. But how much can Ivan take before his suppressed anger starts to show.

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