Utvalde, Den (2005)
Sweden / Swedish
A couple of brutal and mysterious murders point to Uppsala University. Johan, a last year student at the police academy, gets involved in the investigation. He enrolls a course at the University in order to, under cover, track down the killer.
An unintentional comedy
Being a student at Uppsala University myself, I and a few classmates
went to see this movie. And we sure did laugh. Partly for recognizing
most of the settings in Uppsala, but also because of the ridiculous
depiction of the student life.
The students in the film spend time in a group of six, no more. They
study in ways we couldn't recognize. They hang out at places where we
real students do not hang out. They seem to have nothing in their heads
except studying (so not true for real students, anyone can tell that).
And none of their conversations sound real in any way. There are a lot
of scenes in the movie that are just embarrassing to watch because of
the poor script. Others are so ridiculous that they made us laugh even
harder, which I believe is not the intention of the movie.
Even if I wasn't an Uppsala student, I wouldn't find the murder story
nor the detective work the least bit enjoyable. It doesn't even work as
a police movie.
Just a few script changes and it would be an all-out comedy. So thanks
for a round of laughs, but it doesn't cover the fact that this is
probably the worst movie I've seen so far this year. But I didn't
expect better. Uppsala deserves a better movie taking place here, looks
like I'm gonna have to do it myself.
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