Hamilton - In the Interest of the Nation
Carl Hamilton manage to infiltrate an international gang that had stolen advanced Swedish GPS-guided missile. But the league is subjected to a sudden deadly attack by a väldrillad group of mercenaries of unknown clients. Hamilton escapes the massacre, but the rockets are disappeared without a trace.
This is actually an ok swedish actionfilm. For those of you familiar with the books and films about the swedish intelligence officer Carl Hamilton I would say that this is by far the best film produced. Persbrandt is ok as Hamilton and the story isn't too bad (though very different from the book).
There are a few bad things though:
- The acting is sometimes not belivable. This is true about Persbrandt at times, but mostly concerning the politcians. Pernilla August and David Dencik.
- The by far biggest problem: The cinematography. It's poorly lit and filmed with digital equipment, at times making it look like a cheap tv-drama (and it's a pretty expensive film, by swedish standards). And why handheld all the time?
Fix those problems and I would give it 3 stars.
Mikael Persbrandt is one of my favourite Scandinavian actors, and he saves this from falling flat on its behind. I haven't read Jan Guillou's novel series, but I strongly suspect this is a severe case of "The Book is Better"-syndrome.
Solid swedish spy-thriller which smells a little bit like Jason Bourne.
Actionkino aus Schweden! Kann das gutgehen? “Agent Hamilton” zeigt, dass dies zumindest in Teilen möglich ist. Die teilweise arg brutalen Actionszenen des Films fangen die düstere Stimmung gut ein, doch leider lässt Regisseurin Kathrine Windfeld ihre Figuren etwas im Regen stehen und beleuchtet die einzelnen Charaktere zu wenig. Für meinen Geschmack hangelt sich der Film so von Actionszene zu Actionszene und auch wenn diese wirklich sehenswert sind, ist dies doch zu wenig für einen Agentenfilm.
Zwischen den Szenen in denen es richtig kracht, dümpelt der Film leider nur so vor sich hin und hadert mit einigen Längen. Oft belanglose Dialoge und aufgesetzte Wendungen sorgen genau für diese Längen und zudem dafür, dass beim Zuschauer einige Male Langeweile aufkommen würde.
I expected this to be bad, but man is it bad in a totally different way than I expected. Mikael Persbrandt stars as Carl Hamilton, the character previously portrayed by Peter Stormare in the 1995 feature Hamilton. It is almost worth seeing for one extremely crazy aspect; early in the film Hamilton kills his girlfriend in a PTSD-inspired reaction, covers it up and the film continues on from them. It's extremely bizarre, the film expects us to continue to root for the character, and never gives him more than a very route and unconvincing scenes where he mentions the fact that he killed someone he loved. I fully expected the film to end with him imprisoned, but no. He can't be put into prison. He's just doing too much good for the country.
Bourne ähnlicher Thriller. Hat seine Längen, aber auch spannende Momente.
The new film about Carl Hamilton is a little slow going, but still better than Harald Zwart's take on Sweden's answer to James Bond. Mikael Persbrant is excellent, but my favorite Hamilton remains Stefan Sauk.
Ok, nothing more. But better than the rest of the Hamilton films.
Not sure who I like best as Hamilton – Stormare or Persbrandt. One thing’s for sure, though; this is a better movie than Harald Zwart’s effort in 1998. More serious. More Bond-esque. (Maybe the last comparison is unfair. Bond in the 90s was not the same as the Bond of latter years.) All in all, not a bad movie. Leaves something to be desired, in terms of a plot that is there, just somewhat anemic.
Did not expect much going into it but I was pleasantly surprised at this Swedish action movie. It was kind of like a hollywood action just that it had a more realistic hero.