If executives in Hollywood paid $35 million for each six year old murdered in the world, maybe this mockery of a thriller with a bunk science fiction ending for a twist to tie everything neatly into the conspiracy theory world Hollywood executives must think audiences believe is real...if they paid to inquire into real murders instead of putting out this schlock, it might be worthwhile. Skip it, truly.
Um, contrary to a prior comment, Mel Gibson is NOT in this movie. While Scandinavian noir/mysteries (Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are everywhere now, they were pretty rare in the 90s when this film adaptation of Peter Hoeg's book came out. The book was a smash, the movie was a flop. While it's flawed, it deserves better. The casting is good, the settings are striking, and it maintains some of the tension of the novel. Julia Ormond is particularly good in the lead and maybe audiences weren't ready for a strong, somewhat unlikable female protagonist. The supporting cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Tom Wilkinson, and Vanessa Redgrave. Bille August, better known for serious dramas like "The Best Intentions" and "Pelle the Conqueror," directs. Worth a look.
Some aspects of this movie may not have been that polished, but never-the-less I am giving it 5 stars. I loved Smilla's fight for justice even though some of the acting was uneven. Julie Ormard did a great job. It was shot in Greenland and Denmark. Recommend
A poor, Hollywooded-up, travesty of a film. The novel of the same name is excellent; this film is a pathetic attempt to dumb-down the story and make the male friend/lover of Smilla more acceptable to American audiences by casting Mel Gibson in the part. I had the feeling Gibson never read the book. The ending of the film, with lots of things getting blown up, was quintessential Hollywood. Yuk. All thumbs down.
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