Danish underground realism about drug dealing helped a lot by the charismatic Kim Bodina in an anti-heroic role and a good support group especially a skin-headed Mads Mikkelsen and Croatian Zlatko Buric as the evil mob leader Milo. I also like the use of hand-held cameras which give this movie a documentaric feel. A grim and not very happy film with a lot of desperation, depression and people with no morale.
Refn started his career by diving into the ugliest side of Copenhagen, full of meanspirited assholes, violent criminals breaking knee caps, and suicidal dope addicts. But he’s not there to judge, nor does he glamourise the underworld, neither does he want us to feel pity for the poor bastards. It’s up to you what to make of this shitty reality. It’s very human.
A really great debut film showing how well action can be done on a budget. Achieves the Mean Streets feat of imbuing real humanity into the characters while portraying all as complete losers. Lots of nice little directorial touches alongside the mostly straightforward presentation, as well as a completely engaging performance by Bodnia.
I wasn't expecting much as I find that most movies about guys who push drugs, and then find themselves owing loads of money, are all the same. However this movie is very raw with excellent dialogue (albeit in Danish with subtitles) and some first-rate acting bringing the shady characters alive. I personally really liked the ending.
Not bad at all for a debut movie, but the plot about the gritty grotty world of dopey drug pushers adds little to the sum of human knowledge. An early and convincing outing for Kim Bodnia (Frank); how ironic that he would later make a name for himself as dishevelled cop Martin Rohde in Scando-noir The Bridge.