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Sunday, June 6, 2010

[6.25/10] Snarveien a.k.a. Detour (2009)


Detour (2009)

Short review: "Detour" is the debut feature from director Severin Eskeland and yet another well-made, intense and gripping horror movie that comes from Norway. This country is having a horror 'boom' right now thanks to 2006 "Cold Prey" and the more recent "Dead Snow", and "Snarveien" is another proof that Scandinavians are pretty good at making solid horror flicks. This grisly and bloody horror opus concerns Martin and Lina, a young Scandinavian couple driving home to Norway through Sweden. En route, they run headfirst into a roadblock, take an ill-advised turn into the woods, and wind up stranded in the middle of the forest, at the mercy of unseen predators who seem hell-bent on testing the limits of the pair's survival. The acting is one of film's highlights, with Marte Cristensen as Lina being the best. Cristensen gives honest and very emotional performance, and she's consistently believable throughout. Sondre Krogtoft Larsen is also good as Martin - you can often see the fear in his eyes. Production values are solid across the board, and work well in the expansive forest setting. Despite it has two or three really silly moments and it's often predictable, "Snarveien" well-shot and well-acted Norwegian slasher flick, that accomplishes in seventy seven minutes exactly what it sets out to do.

  • My Rating: 6.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.4/10

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