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  1. Thomas's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Very accomplished drama, not showy in it's execution but manages to create an authentic, bleak setting of utter desolation. A classic example of the natural landscape mirroring the psychological vulnerabilites pitted against the dominating harshness. All are prisoners in exile.. frozen tundra, their lives in stasis.

  2. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

  3. Ethan Hodson's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

  4. Thomas Dods's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Fairly routine story but worth your attention due to Skarsgard and the very competent execution.

  5. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Prison life shown on a Norwegian island, Bastoy, this is a tale of youngsters struggling to control their tempers while interacting with abusive authority figures. Although covering very familiar territory, the setting does give it enough of a twist, and the entire story arc makes it worthwhile.

  6. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    While this is a well-worn story with antecedents in literature and film, the setting in Norway and the quality of the film-making help the viewer understand that certain eternal questions are universal, especially those regarding authority, conformity, the legitimization of violence through state and/or religious sanction, etc. The story might actually have been better told without Stellan Skarsgård's star power.

  7. Superfrog's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Well done, good atmospheric with believable characters. Able to bring unbelievably dark tones through the careful peppering of lighter arcs and of genuine humanity. Well worth a watch. The end is rightly expedited.

  8. baltigo's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    a slow yet captivating film with a bleak yet beautiful setting, and brilliant performances from nilssen and helstad. king of devil's island is a credit to norwegian cinema.

  9. El Biffo's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

  10. caitlin.f's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    the mood, the shots, the acting, the story, though cliche, all very well done.

  11. SiIencio's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Extremely sanitised prison flick where angelical inmates in mannequin mode typically struggle and rebel against an oppressive system ruled by a gang of jailers whose ethos is not entirely clear. Director Marius Holst is wary of adding strata and shading, fleeing from complex characterization, preferring to stick to the Americanized formula of a dull binary confrontation between good and evil.

  12. hicca's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    apparently based more on 'if' and 'lord of the flies' than reality, predictable and wooden the boys are characterless stereotypes and the sub 'titanic' ending is a bit embarassing

  13. Samuel Wells's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    A deeply affecting film, engaging in a truly gruesome reality inflicted upon children. The film grows to a crescendo, each action building off the last naturally. It is easy to become invested in the success of the main characters, their goals becoming yours. There are several scenes that provide a meaningful catharsis and many more that are gut-wrenchingly difficult. Worth every pain though. A very strong film.

  14. Jake Evans's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Pretty Grim... But well made.

  15. Chunkino's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Well that was a bit of a downer...

  16. adam saul's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

  17. FISCHER's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    D'après un fait divers authentique, une honnête réalisation norvégienne qui dénonce une situation pénitentiaire lourde et rigide, d'une relative inhumanité gestionnaire et comportementale, classique pour l'époque, avec un monolithique Stellan Skargsgard, égal à lui-même, c'est-à- dire immergé avec aisance et délectation dans un singulier rôle de vieille crapule hypocrite et faible... www.cinefiches.com

  18. Kevin's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Almost a biopic, the b&w at the end confirms. If we watch a thousand Movies, this story happens in too many. Acting is great, setting is panoramic, So it might be near the top of films like it. We are Norway film fanatics, Other wonderful films are available. Juxtapose this with the Norwegian child murderer, wasn't that an island?

  19. Mtume Gant's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    Wanted to like it more than I did, just felt so by the numbers. But it gets you in parts simply when you think about iron authoritarian rule towards youth. Just wish they weren't so formula with it.

  20. Wee Hunk's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    I'm surprised it wasn't made in Hollywood. It has all the hallmarks. A one-dimensional evil guy. A tough kid with a heart of gold. The evil schoolmaster. The sacrifice of the victim. And most important, that 'based on a true story' is only minimally true. It's just your typical melodrama.

  21. Jim Fear's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

  22. Ayinde Anderson's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    4.5. Great film all around. A definite recommendation

  23. pandakuma's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

    it's even more beautiful with Sigur Rós' Untitled #1 Vaka in it.

  24. Ashen's rating of the film King of Devil's Island

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