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Jackpot - Film Review

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by Nessa123 (subscribe)
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Jackpot tells the story of a Norwegian man, by the name of Svendsen, who wakes up under a very large dead woman, in a strip club surrounded by bodies, with a shotgun in his hand and to make matters worse, the place is under lockdown and crawling with police.

Svendsen is promptly arrested and taken into an interrogation room, where he eventually tells the investigators his story. A story of how he and some work friends won money in a soccer pool and then how, one by one, they ended up dead.

This film wasn't quite as funny as it tried to be and unintentionally works better as a stylish thriller with a comfortably similar narrative to most prime-time crime dramas.

The characters aren't particular lovable, however most of them represent the entertaining lowlife stereotypes, that we all love to laugh and point at, rarely leaving a moment of boredom.

The most annoying aspect of the film were the subtitles being coloured white. As Jackpot features lots of white backgrounds, this was an aspect of the film that frustrated me to no end and could have been easily avoided if subtitled in yellow.

Jackpot is a darkly funny and somewhat gory flick, resulting in the most entertaining action film set around the Christmas period since Die Hard. Although Jackpot isn't particularly original and often resembles the formula of the Guy Richie genre: Jo Nesbo's sharp witted and fast paced black comedy makes for a great night out of brainless gun ho cinema.

Jackpot is classified MA 15 for strong violence.

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Why? For a fun black comedy set around Christmas
Where: In selected cinemas
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