MFR Rating: ★ ★ ★
Following on quickly from Headhunters, Jackpot is the second adaptation of popular Norweigan author Jo Nesbo’s work in a matter of months to be released in the UK. It’s a low budget black comedy which closely follows the tone of Headhunters by showing us a normal guy who seems to have awful thing upon awful thing happen to him as he goes way too far over his head. The film opens after a huge shootout in a sex shop, with Oscar Svendsen (Kyrre Hellum) emerging from beneath a dead, large-bodied stripper. We soon discover Svendsen was part of a football betting syndicate of ex-convicts who ended up winning a huge jackpot which they decided not to simply enjoy but instead things get a little messy.
I do wonder how long it will be until people tire of these Nesbo adaptations assuming they continue and like Headhunters, it’s unmemorable and its characters conjure little empathy without exerting anything resembling humanity or morality. At least it’s short, sweet, quickly paced and it hits the right notes with its horribly dark humour. Plenty of smiles to keep you entertained, if not in the slightest bit convinced by the plot’s contrivances and absurdity. Certainly one to go on the list of “alternative Christmas movies”.
Review by David Rank
Jackpot is out on 10th August in the UK. Certificate 15 (UK). Running time 86 mins.
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