Tag Archives: Michael Nyqvist


FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYONE.  The world probably needed yet another retelling of Nelson Mandela’s life about as much as we need another Marvel movie, but if there’s a good story expect many different versions. This miniseries follows Mandela from childhood to presidency, but focuses perhaps more than other similar projects on how the South African … Continue reading Madiba

A Serious Game

A TIMELESS LOVE STORY.  In turn-of-the-century Stockholm, young journalist Arvid Stjärnblom (Sverrir Gudnason) falls in love with an artist’s daughter (Karin Franz Körlof), but the chances of a romance are frequently dashed. The third Swedish adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s classic novel (the first two came in 1945 and 1977) initially has the look and feel … Continue reading A Serious Game

John Wick

DON’T SET HIM OFF! After losing his wife, former ace assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is attacked by the clueless son of a Russian mobster (Michael Nyqvist), which sets him off on a murderous spree. An action-thriller that became a hit for Reeves as a hugely skilled and ruthless killer; amusingly, it builds a whole … Continue reading John Wick

The Girl King

As a child, Kristina (Malin Buska) is trained to become queen of Sweden; once in power, she shows greater interest in science and culture… and falls in love with her lady-in-waiting (Sarah Gadon). More closer to the truth in its portrait of the monarch than the Hollywood classic Queen Christina (1933), but still infinitely inferior. … Continue reading The Girl King

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

NO PLAN. NO BACKUP. NO CHOICE.  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sprung from a prison in Russia by his IMF colleagues, but when a subsequent mission is botched and a bomb destroys the Kremlin, Hunt’s team is disavowed. For the fourth film in this franchise, The Incredibles (2004) director Brad Bird was hired and he brings some of that energy, … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


THE FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH WILL BE THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE. When teenager Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds out the truth about his parents (Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello), he has to start running from both the CIA and a Russian terrorist (Michael Nyqvist). This first attempt to try Lautner’s popularity outside the Twilight franchise is an action thriller … Continue reading Abduction

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

As Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is recovering in a hospital from the events of the last movie, a secret unit within the police is desperately trying to erase anything that might lead to them. The first chapter (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) was a cleverly structured crime mystery, the second one a straight-forward thriller, but … Continue reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) returns to Sweden after one year abroad and immediately becomes a suspect in a murder investigation involving three victims; Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) tries to help her clear her name. The second chapter in the “Millennium” trilogy has a simpler story than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, although the outlines of a … Continue reading The Girl Who Played With Fire

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: A Swedish Harry Potter

This adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling crime novel became one of the most talked-about cinematic events in Sweden of past years. It is somewhat akin to a Swedish equivalent of a Harry Potter flick. A grand story and a great many characters have been boiled down into a script; the Swedish acting elite appear in small roles, … Continue reading Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: A Swedish Harry Potter

The Black Pimpernel

ONE MAN MADE A DIFFERENCE. In 1973, Harald Edelstam (Michael Nyqvist), the Swedish ambassador in Santiago, watches Pinochet grab power and tries to help the new dictator’s enemies escape certain death. The story of “Chile’s Raoul Wallenberg” deserves a movie, but not such a tepid one. The filmmakers depict Edelstam’s heroics in straightforward fashion, but … Continue reading The Black Pimpernel