A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published July 31st 2014
The Explosive Adventures of Allan
What a delightful movie this is! Okay, there are a few brief scenes where one cringes and finds it difficult to look at the screen... but overall, it's a funny tale, lighthearted and clever. Based largely in Sweden, with some sections sub-titled, it's a great yarn. Described as 'comedy, drama, adventure', the slightly quirky Scandanavian humour will have you chuckling much of the way through.
The movie opens on Allan Karlsson's (Robert Gustafsson) 100th birthday. He's unhappily residing in a retirement home. Rather than waiting for the inevitable cake and fanfare, Allan climbs out through the window and makes a break for 'freedom'.
Allan escapes from the retirement home
Arriving at the nearest transit centre, he uses the few coins he has to buy a ticket to 'anywhere', which turns out to be a town, the only feature of which seems to be a disused railway station. Emerging from the former railway station is a man who subsequently befriends Allan.
Along the way, Allan has 'acquired' a suitcase which, it turns out, is stuffed full of money. Inevitably, the real owners of the suitcase are keen to retrieve it, and so the plot develops, around the chain of events that arises from this. With each turn, Allan and his new friend Julius (Iwar Wiklander) find themselves getting deeper and deeper into hot water.
Allan with some new friends
The back story to this plot involves flashbacks through Allan's life. We learn that from a young age, he has had a fascination with explosives. His knowledge of ballistics led him along many interesting paths, breaking bread (and sharing a lot of alcohol) with the likes of Franco, Stalin, Truman, Reagan and Gorbachev.
With such an exciting and full life, it's not surprising Allan was finding life in the retirement home a little underwhelming. But it seems that he gets more excitement than he bargains for in his next adventure, after leaving the home. Along the way he encounters some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
I enjoyed this movie and would rate it 8/10.
The 100 Year Old Man opens in cinemas across Australian on 21st August 2014.
The running time is 114 minutes. Check the rating closer to the release date.