films seen
7
average score
2.85*
nationality
Iceland - 56 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

A Little Trip to Heaven

2005 / 98m - Iceland
Drama, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
A Little Trip to Heaven poster

101 Reykjavík

2000 / 88m - Iceland
Comedy, Romance
3.5*/5.0*
101 Reykjavík poster

The inoffensive

Adrift

2018 / 96m - USA
Adventure, Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
Adrift poster

Nothing too remarkable here, but I'm always in the mood for a good "adrift at sea" film. The actors do a decent job, the CG is convincing, the gravity of the ordeal is tangible and the film doesn't overstay its welcome. Even though Adrift houses few surprises and I'd seen it all before, it was more than solid, entertaining filler.

2 Guns

2013 / 109m - USA
Action, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
2 Guns poster

Worthy but flawed

Everest

2015 / 121m - UK
Adventure, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Everest poster

Contraband

2012 / 109m - USA
Action, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Contraband poster

Dubious filler

Beast

2022 / 93m - USA
Thriller, Adventure
2.0*/5.0*
Beast poster

A somewhat disappointing animal thriller from Kormákur. I tend to like his films, so I was hopeful when I heard he was doing something with a fearsome lion stalking his human prey. Not quite sure what went wrong, but the result is pretty bland and lacks the tension needed for this type of film to flourish.

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A family is going to South Africa. Their trip is part vacation, part ode to their mother, who died of cancer. When they're taking a little safari, they come to a village that is completely ravaged by a wild beast. On their way back, a lion attacks their car and leaves them stranded on the side of the road.

The setting is nice and the performances not too bad, it's just that the stand-off between lion and mankind often feels exaggerated and farfetched. The addition of poachers doesn't really add much either and the finale is pretty kitsch. Not Kormákur's best film, but if you're starved for animal thrillers, it's not the worst.