Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jar City

'Jar City' has a grumpy police detective investigating the murder of an unpleasant sort that prompts the release of all sorts of unpleasant skeletons (from closets, graves, floors, jars...). Unusual diseases and nasty rapes also figure.
Lots of praise being heaped on this belatedly released Icelandic thriller (it was made in 2006). I second the enthusiasm. It's a standard detective yarn with all the chestnuts familiar from British shows - the inexperienced partner, the detective with family problems, interlinking crimes and dark histories - but told in a forlorn Icelandic setting, and told briskly and with humanity. Ingvar Eggert SigurĂ°sson is a standout as the takes-no-shit detective, Erlendur, but the unfamiliar cast are all strong. It probably suits the small screen better, but it's worth seeing one way or the other.

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