Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #16 Jar City

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 at 2:38 AM

Movie #16 Jar City

(2006, Iceland, d. Baltasar Kormakur)

Jar City is a murder mystery that never grasps you in its originality or entrances you in its storytelling. It’s simply decent, and in a list of movies that I have begun so far, “decent” doesn’t even measure up. There are moments of tension and inspired filmmaking here and there (a blood stain on a shattered window that leads to a third act paradigm shift, for one) but overall nothing stands out except for the scenery: The Icelandic environment is captured so beautifully and so subtly I couldn’t help but wish there were some more establishing shots.


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