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Sweden 2005
Directed by
Mans Marlind / Bjorn Stein
111 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars


The rather misleadlingly entitled Storm starts out unpromisingly, looking like a typically hip cyber thriller action film with a high-kicking leather clad woman (Eva Röse) and shaven-headed bad guys duking it out but gradually it becomes a good deal more engaging, its exploration of memory and the metaphysical, parallel universes and time-space warps more than a little reminiscent of Donnie Darko, a resemblance presumably acknowledged in the name of the lead character Donny Davidson (Eric Ericson).  Hotly pursued by aforesaid bad guys the woman jumps into Donny’s cab and so starts a wild ride in and out of an alt-universe which brings Donny to confront his demons, both metaphorically and literally.

Written by co-director Mårlind, this impressively well-made film is rewardingly inventive, interweaving many strands but not tying them up as neatly as would have been the case had this been made by Hollywood, even leaving the ending hanging (perhaps but not necessarily in order to set up a sequel). This will frustrate anyone audiences for a straightforward action thriller but see it as a nightmare-like metaphor for the searching soul and it will reward.




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