KIDNAPPING MR HEINEKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, David Dencik, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel. In 1983, five financially strapped businessmen and friends kidnapped Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, the Dutch brewing tycoon and held him for ransom. At the time, the $21 million ransom was the highest ever paid for an individual. To help finance their kidnapping though the five men first robbed a bank in a daring daylight robbery. They constructed a couple of soundproof chambers at the back of a Continue reading

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michale Nyqvist, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl, Micke Spreitz. The final instalment in the series of films based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium series brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion and ties up many loose ends. This is in many ways the weakest of the three films as it is much more political in nature than the first two and is heavy on plot exposition. If you haven’t read the books or seen the first two films, then a lot of what happens here will be hard to Continue reading

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Georgi Staykov, Micke Spreitz The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second film in the hugely popular Millennium series from Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The novels explore the dark underbelly of Swedish society, and deal with murder, corruption and conspiracy that dates back decades. Although Larsson died before their publication, they have become some of the most popular novels of the 21st century, with some 40 million copies in print. Like its acclaimed predecessor The Continue reading