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Nobel's Last Will (2012)

Nobels testamente (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2 March 2012 (Sweden)
Reporter Annika is at the Nobel prize awards, when shooting kills a woman and wounds an Israeli stem cell scientist. Annika is silenced as witness, so she investigates the killed woman while the press writes about the Israeli.

Director:

Peter Flinth

Writers:

Liza Marklund (novel), Pernilla Oljelund (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malin Crépin ... Annika Bengtzon
Björn Kjellman ... Anders Schyman
Leif Andrée ... Spiken
Kajsa Ernst ... Berit Hamrin
Erik Johansson Erik Johansson ... Patrik Nilsson
Felix Engström Felix Engström ... Q
Richard Ulfsäter ... Thomas Samuelsson
Antje Traue ... Kitten
Per Graffman ... Bernhard Thorell
Björn Granath ... Ernst Ericsson
Ia Langhammer ... Birgitta Larsén
Karl Linnertorp Karl Linnertorp ... Johan Isaksson
Anna von Rosen Anna von Rosen ... Caroline von Behring
Johan Holmberg Johan Holmberg ... Sören Hammarsten
Pia Johansson Pia Johansson ... Kinna Widell
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Storyline

At the Nobel Banquet reporter Annika Bengtzon is witness to the attempted murder of a nobel laureate and murder of a scientist. A terrorist group from Germany takes the credit. As Annika digs further into the events surrounding that night, all is not what it seems. Written by jgarozzo

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The truth can be deadly


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

2 March 2012 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Annika Bengtzon Crime Reporter: Nobel's Last Will See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,704,964
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Yellow Bird See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Blommornas vals
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The low budget shines through
5 July 2012 | by rolanddddSee all my reviews

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.


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