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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Movie review: Hamilton: In The Interest Of The Nation

This is one of the few Swedish action films made to look like a Hollywood action flick, like "The Third Wave". In that regard it succeeds, and while it is worse than several of it's Hollywood counterparts, it's also much better than plenty of them. In the end, it places itself right in the middle of it all. Unfortunately, this means it's very forgettable. Just like "Hamilton" from 1998, starring Peter Stormare, which I honestly can't remember a thing about.

As for the film itself, it has a fairly straightforward plot; Bad guys have heavy weapons and a 'sinister' plan, hero is sent after them, some 'twists' ensue and the hero takes care of it all whilst dealing with his/her inner demons.

That's pretty much the extent of it and it's something we've all seen loads of times. So, the thing to consider is not what is done, but how well it's handled. And for the most part, it's handled nicely. 
Hamilton's personal conflict comes out of left field which is very welcome, but it's not handled any better than simply 'adequate' when it could have amounted to so much more. The antagonist is somewhat of a blank slate until the end where it's hastily touched upon that he really thinks that what he's doing is the right thing. That's something I truly appreciate in movies but is unfortunately and surprisingly not done enough despite being something so simple.
One thing that's really distracting when watching this the Swedish actors' english accents. Especially Mikael Persbrandt's. Downright terrible. He really should have worked more on it. 

I don't feel like writing much more about it. Whoever is reading this obviously gets my overall opinion this movie and why by now, so I'll end it with a summarizing line;
For a Swedish action film, it's great, for an action film overall, it's decent.

Score: 6/10

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