Jackpot (Arme Riddere)
Director : Magnus Martens
Cast : Kyree Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad
Genre : Comedy
Country of Origin : Norway 2011
Language : Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles 90mins.
Rating : ***
'An outrageously violent black comedy take on dishonour among thieves influenced by Tarantino and the Coen Brothers'.
Based on the story by Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo who gave us the art-heist thriller 'Headhunters', 'Jackpot' opens with a shoot-out at a seedy sex shop/strip joint south west of Oslo near the Swedish-Norwegian border. The only survivor is the bewildered Oscar (Kyree Hellum) clutching a pump action shotgun who crawls out from under the corpse of a very large stripper.
The eccentric Oscar with three of the ex-cons, psycopath Billy (Arthur Berning), slow thinking Thor (Mads Ousdal) and grinning Dan (Andreas Cappelen) employed at his small plastic Christmas tree factory have won 1.7 million Kroner on the pools. Jump for joy? Divide up the winnings and live happily ever after? There can only be one thing - sharpen the knives and load the guns.
There are nods to the Coen Brother's 'Fargo' and 'Wallander' as Oscar relates the story mainly as flashbacks as he's interrogated by Solor (Henrik Mestad), the enigmatic Police Detective. A small budget movie, Jackpot's entertaining, funny and wildly outrageous.