Completely inept robber
- The Captor review by BN
I found this a very entertaining film.
I state "Robber" in the singular as Ethan Hawke as Lars was the initiator of the pseudo bank robbery in the prestigious Kreditbanken in Stockholm, yet extraordinarily his goal was not money. His hostage-taking in the bank was all a plot to spring a bank robber friend of his (played by Mark Strong). Noomi Rapace of "The Girl Who" triple Stig Larsson Millennium series is the bank employee who manages to keep her head amongst the increasingly kooky moves made by the 2 completely inept robbers and by the end has developed a sympathy for them - all of which led to the coining of the term Stockholm Syndrome, the formation of a psychological bond by the hostage with his/her captor. What I liked apart from Hawke the Texan and Strong the Brit was that the police and bank characters were all played by Scandinavians, thus having authentic accents (and Hallelujah) pronouncing names and places correctly. Keeps it more realistic.
The cars and lack of technology were refreshing (this was the 70s altho they seemed to have mounted surveillance cameras in the bank...would they then?) Certainly no bulletproof barriers, windows, locked doors, the overkill of today. The authorities, even the PM Olof Palme who got involved in the hostage negotiations, were no pushovers, they kept their cool but made cogent arguments against some of the increasingly crazy demands and it completely threw the perpetrators.
I loved it.
There are thankfully subtitles on this dvd, I tend to lose it whilst people are shouting and scrambling and shooting, so helps me to keep the narrative and plot straight.
No other features on this disc though.
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