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Magnus Martens (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A massive win on the football pools turns out to be very bad news for a syndicate of Norwegian factory workers in this black comedy thriller based on a story by bestselling crime novelist Jo Nesbo. When police arrive at the aftermath of a very bloody shootout at a sex shop, they find only one survivor. This is the hapless Oscar (Kyrre Hellum), former floor manager at a factory that manufactures artificial Christmas trees and now the last man standing after an escalating tussle over the pools prize money attracted some decidedly unsavoury individuals. The deadpan tone and mischievously extreme carnage will not be unfamiliar to fans of the Coen brothers' Fargo, but even though it's derivative, Magnus Martens's film is still spiky fun, crisply put together and packed with fiendish twists. There's a cartoonish element that means it can't be taken too seriously, but since it's not intended as anything but a gruesome, larky diversion, that's no bad thing.


Police called out to a strip club find a man holding a gun surrounded by eight dead bodies, and arrest him for murder. The prisoner protests his innocence, recounting to a detective the bizarre story of how a pools win led him and his friends to a massacre. Crime comedy, starring Kyrre Hellum and Mads Ousdal. In Norwegian.

Cast & Crew

Oscar Svendsen Kyrre Hellum
Thor Mads Ousdal
Billy Arthur Berning
Dan Tresko Andreas Cappelen
Solor Henrik Mestad
Trine Lena Kristin Ellingsen
Gjedde Fridtjov Saheim
Clausen Jan Gronli
Lasse Peter Andersson
Gina Marie Blokhus
Director Magnus Martens
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 10 Aug 2012
Comedy Drama