Movie Review: The Trip (2021)

Marriage. Should be all about love and support. But sometimes it doesn’t quite go so smoothly. I mean, I’ve never been married, so I wouldn’t know, but I am a very observant man, so I know that not all marriages are perfect. In fact, few are… fuck, got a bit real there… let’s talk about a movie.

Ladies, gents, and non-binaries… “The Trip”.

While going through a bit of a spat, married couple Lars (Aksel Hennie) and Lisa (Noomi Rapace) decide to take a nice little trip to their cabin for the weekend, both unaware that they both have violent, sinister plans for the other one. In a way it is “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” via “Gerald’s Game”, and I found that to be a really fun premise. It alternates between pitch black comedy and surprisingly tense and uncomfortable thriller quite well, handling both tones quite well and making it all feel like a solid, cohesive whole, while also managing to be quite unpredictable. I do think however that the movie might be slightly longer than it needs to be. If you shaved off five to ten minutes, the pacing would feel way better. As the final product stands, it doesn’t ruin the entire thing, but it does bring it down a little bit. So overall, a solid story, if a little poorly paced at points.

The characters in this are weird, colorful, flawed, unique, and quite entertaining. It’s hard describing them without getting too much into it, but I will say that all of the characters play off of each other well and have some interesting role within the story. And the entire cast is great, in particular our two leads Aksel Hennie and Noomi Rapace. But the supporting cast is rock solid too, containing people like Atle Antonsen, Christian Rubeck, André Eriksen, Stig Frode Henriksen, and more.

The score for the movie was composed by Christian Wibe, and it was okay. Pretty standard thriller stuff, nothing that really sticks out in my mind. Worked well in the moment, but won’t be remembered afterward. There’s also a handful of licensed songs used throughout, and they are all full and help add to the mood of their respective scenes in really fun ways. So yeah, the music overall is pretty good.

“The Trip” (original title: I Onde Dager) was directed and co-written by Tommy Wirkola, and I think he did a great job here. He has this fun, snappy, off-kilter energy that really kept my eyes stuck to the screen, even when the movie dragged its feet a little. You can just tell that he has a lot of fun while crafting a scene, and that really helps keep it fun for the audience. But his style especially shines through in the more action-packed moments, as they are intense, fast, fun, and violent as all hell. If you’re in the mood for some really brutal and well made gore, it can be found here.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.9/10.

While its occasionally weird pacing does bring it down a little, “The Trip” is a highly entertaining thriller-comedy that I do recommend. It has a solid story, good characters, fantastic performances, pretty good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Trip” is an 8.01/10. So while it is flawed, I would definitely say it’s worth watching.

My review of “The Trip” is now completed.

And remember, kids: Don’t go on a weekend trip with your significant other if you’re going through something.

12 Films of Christmas 2018 (Part 9)

Holy shit, we are already three quarters through this dumb thing. Man, time flies like a hummingbird on cocaine. Anyway, let’s get into this thing.

So what’s the movie today? Is it another cute and family-friendly thing? More made-for-tv schlock? Nope. Today we’re going quite far from the glitzy shit of the Hallmawk channel or the kid-friendly stuff of the Muppets. Today we are talking about a foul-mouthed, violent, and foreign movie. This is “Jackpot”, a 2011 Norwegian crime-comedy-thriller written by famed author Jo Nesbø and follows Oscar (Kyrre Hellum) who wakes up, covered in blood and with a shotgun in his hand… in a strip club. And we follow him as he talks to a cop about everything that led up to this. So how’s this connected to christmas? It’s set around the holidays, that’s it. Anyway, do I think this is a good movie? Kind of. With this I really sense that Nesbø tried to emulate Quentin Tarantino a bit. And while I like Tarantino, I don’t think it was the right approach for this. Nesbø is a brilliant writer, but I think that’s more when he goes for his own style rather than trying to ape someone else. That’s not to say that this is bad, because it’s not. The actors are great, the directing is pretty solid, and there’s some genuinely funny and even kinda tense moments. It’s one of those that I kinda recommend you putting on during a rainy Sunday afternoon, when you got not much else to do. “Jackpot” is a decent crime caper.

On the ninth day of christmas, Markus gives to you, something with blood, booze, and some money too. 

Movie Review: Headhunters (2011)

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Hello guys. I am sorry that it’s been a while. I wanted to give you a review earlier this weekend but I was away and couldn’t do anything about it. But now that I am home I have watched a movie and sat my butt down to review it. You know what the fun part of it is? It comes from Norway, the country my dad is from, it is also our neighboring country.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Headhunters”.

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a short man, but he still got a pretty great life. He is an accomplished headhunter and thief. He also got a beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) and a very expensive house. One day he tries to steal a very valuable painting from former mercenary Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). And then a game of cat and mouse starts where Brown has to go on the run. And I was intrigued the whole way through. This is an action-thriller with an incredibly suspenseful and really well-told plot. While most action-thrillers these days rely on big action set-pieces and bare-bones storytelling, but “Headhunters” manages to create a compelling plot that had me interested through all of it. It also has some pretty good twists to offer.

The characters (despite the strange situation they’re in) all fell like very real people. You feel like they have gone through life in very different ways and they never feel fake. And the acting in the movie is pretty fucking great as well. Aksel Hennie is great as Roger Brown, showing himself as a man terrified for his life yet still maintaining a sense of calm. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was also pretty great in the movie, playing a pretty intimidating man/villain. Really, all the acting was pretty great, but can you expect anything less from a movie that stars Max Manus and Jamie Lannister?

The music for the movie was composed by Trond Bjerknæs and Jeppe Kaas and it was really good. I wouldn’t call it anything unique or new, but I woiuld still say that it’s really good and fits the movie very well. It’s your typical action-thriller style of score, but it’s still good. It doesn’t bring the movie down simply because of it being similar to other scores that we have heard.

This is a great looking movie. The shots look fantastic and you know what? Whenever there is action in the movie, it is all practical, no CGI. Sure, there might have been some CG at some point, but I sure as shit didn’t notice any. That is especially impressive when it comes to one scene in particular that made me go “Is he seriously d- he is seriously doing that… shit”. A lot of praise to the people who made the movie for that. Thank you, Morten Tyldum for directing it as well as you did. Also, if you didn’t know, this movie is based on the book of the same name by Jo Nesbø who my parents have recommended a lot of times so I should probably read one or two or… all of his books. Because now I am very curious about them.

This movie has been well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“Headhunters” is a very odd thriller… and I love that. The story is intriguing and suspenseful, the acting is great, the music is good, the directing is great, the action is great and I just had an overall great time with it. Time for my final score. FAEN! My final score for “Headhunters” is a 9,88/10. I think it’s worthy of the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Headhunters” is now reviewed.

No heads are being hunted, what a disappointment…