- Ian Hoey
- 17 February 2011
War thriller suffers from two-dimensional characters and lack of action
Optimum (15) 93min
Nazi occupied Oslo in 1943 and the black market is rife. Life is sweet for corrupt businessmen who frequent the nightspot Club Havana, largely thanks to the compliance of the SS Major who turns a blind eye and takes his share. The arrival of a suspicious new auditor from Berlin puts schemes and lives in danger, not least for Eva, a double agent who sings in the club.
Period setting, costume and vehicles may be accurate but the overall look of Haakon Gundersen's film is so glossy that it's hard to feel involved in any way. The characters are almost entirely two-dimensional and the action is well short of the necessary to generate excitement. The fact that Eva is played by Lene Nystrøm (of dance-pop group Aqua) may be a curio for some, but even a rendition of Barbie Girl wouldn't be enough to liven up the proceedings.