Nobel's Last Will (2012)
While covering the annual Nobel Banquet for tabloid Kvällspressen, crime reporter Annika Bengtzon witnesses a spectacular murder right in front of her. Two people are shot, one of them the controversial Laureate in Medicine, Aaron Wiesel. Annika is the key witness and is bound by the police not to disclose anything she has seen. A terrorist group with connections to the Middle East quickly admits responsibility for the murder. International press is all over the story, as are the police.
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Slow pace in the most part of the movie.
good back-story, and good acting
It's complicated... I really like the directing, acting and writing but, there are issues with the way it's shot that I just can't deny. As much as I love the storytelling and the fantastic performance but, there are also certain scenes that didn't need to exist.
Wow! What a bizarre film! Unfortunately the few funny moments there were were quite overshadowed by it's completely weird and random vibe throughout.
Well so far what I have garnered from the other reviews of this series is that the previous critics are hard to please. I'd like to see just one of them come up with a story as compelling as this one. I think it advisable to remember: this is a Suspense Novel on Film ....not a Steven Spielberg Classic! The plot line was excellent, the acting superlative, photography crisp; editing spot on and with Stockholm as a backdrop, this is a winner of a production.And apparent newcomer Malin Crepin is a credible breath of fresh air. I found her delightful to watch and her character studied and believable!Let's try to remember people......this is entertainment......not rocket science! Creativity, new places and fresh talent never gets tired!
All six episodes are running on Netflix as a series: Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter. Annika Bengtzon is a crime reporter who is either at the right place at the right time or manages to work herself into the crimes she is reporting on. While not a detective, her reporting manages to solve the crimes she is investigating. Sort of a young Jessica Fletcher with baggage: two kids, a philandering boyfriend/husband, and rivals on the paper. The stories are well written, acted, and have high production vales but you need to read the subtitles as all dialogue is in Swedish. There are moments that stretch credulity at times as she places herself in risky situations without back up. Nobel's Last Will is, I believe, the first in the series so it makes for a good starting point. Always amazed her IPhone never seems to have a dead battery.
As another entry in the never-ending series of Yellow Bird-produced Swedish crime dvds. "Nobel's last will" is a film reboot of the character Annika Bengtzon. Liza Marklund's crime reporter has not been seen on film for nearly a decade, and this reboot feels fresh in my opinion, thanks in part to the very apt casting of relative unknown Malin Crépin in the title role, which she handles really well. Overall, the quality of acting is probably what works best in the movie, the supporting cast is very experienced and skillful consisting of many experienced Swedish actors.Full marks for producing movies with an interesting female protagonist, which is not that common in the crime genre, and her being a reporter and not a police officer opens up different possibilities and story angles.The main problem and a major reason that I don't like this movie very much is the formulaic structure of the plot, using plot devices that I've seen a thousand times before. Those of us who have watched Swedish 80s crime series "Hassel" will immediately realize what is about to happen when one of the characters enter a freezer, for example.Another problem is the poor quality of the special effects, which are so obviously fake that it hurts to watch. Blowing up a new car was clearly not an option for a film crew on a limited budget for example, so instead they opted to involve SFX-firm The Chimney Pot which came up with a car explosion so horrible it must surely be a candidate for worst SFX of the year, and sadly it ruins much of the viewing experience when the poor quality of the movie-making is so obvious.Overall, this is a decent Swedish crime-flick, but don't expect anything else than a usual run-of-the-mill generic crime film we've seen so many of lately.
In Stockholm, it's icy cold outside, while inside, a people-filled Nobel Banquet's warm air is punctuated by two 'poof' sounds that come from a silencer of a stealth assassin. A crime reporter, Annika Bengtzon, unwittingly becomes part of the news herself after witnessing the murder up close. And that's just the beginning. 'Nobel's Last Will' is a nicely paced thriller from beginning to end. Although the film was produced by Yellow Bird Productions, the same people behind Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, 'Last Will' is not as gritty, but very slick. The production look is almost sterile, which must be intentional, since it's largely based around scientists who work in pristine cell research labs. Even the offices of the tabloid Kvällspressen, where reporter Bengtzon works, is squeaky clean. Still, this is a Swedish film that has a lot going for it. Based on the best selling novel by Swedish author, Lisa Marklunds, it's well cast. The assassin is as icy as the frozen Lake Mälaren in Stockholm. And, especially Malin Crépin, playing the lead character, is a warm, determined, and smart woman as we follow her both at work, and at home with her family. It's refreshing to watch a crime-thriller with a distinctly Swedish touch, not only visually, but also with the right amount of suspense and humanity.