In this Norwegian thriller about Netflix, murderous couple receives more blood than expected.
La Most people don't plan for escapades with their spouses by buying a hammer, hacksaw, tape, and rope - but Lars (Aksel Hennie) isn't most people, and "The Trip ", directed by Tommy Wirkola, isn 't most movies. His initial premise is this: Lars is planning to murder his wife, Lisa (Noomi Rapace), while on vacation, but he is thwarted when it turns out that Lisa is preparing to get rid of him on the same trip. . Unfortunately, while this concept promises a fun and agile thriller, "The Trip " descends too quickly into a youthful and nihilistic mess.
Lars and Lisa's mutual bloodbath turns into a group affair when unexpected strangers, including escaped convicts Dave (Christian Rubeck), Roy (Andre Eriksen) and Petter (Atle Antonsen), accidentally join the fray. Each actor courageously tackles the violence and emotional turmoil that ensues, and Rapace is particularly excellent at juggling the two. The film reveals its many surprises through flashbacks, sharp editing and an absurd aimed clearly at irreverence.
But "The Trip " is upsetting its own tenuous balance of dark and funny, grabbing tasteless material on genitals and poo, though its core premise is much smarter - and perfectly delicious - on its own. Such naivety turns what might be a quick and casual movie into a chore. At the end of a long streak of rape attempts, I was coI was dismayed to find that I was only halfway through its two hour duration.
"The trip" is sometimes fun, but d Other films have dealt with gleeful gore and psychological torture with a much more skillful twist. The film clearly pays homage to Michael Haneke's "Funny Games ", a clever commentary on cinematic violence. He is doing himself no favors by inviting this comparison.
Not rated. In Norwegian, with subtitles. Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes. Watch on Netflix.