Starring: Kyrre Hellum, MasOusdal, Henrik Mestad
You may like this if you liked: Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 2011), A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi, 1998), Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996)
Jackpot begins with Oscar Svendson waking up inside a strip club covered in blood and clinging to a shotgun, surrounded by dead bodies. Despite claiming his innocence he is arrested and has to explain himself to a detective and so begins the story of how he got to this rather unfortunate situation. Oscar works as a probation officer and supervises a Christmas tree factory where criminals work. He and three of the convicts placed a bet on a series of football matches and they won 1.7million. Of course, when you have to split money with three criminals things may be likely to go a bit wrong, and they certainly do.
The concept here is certainly nothing new, and while it is certainly no masterpiece, Jackpot is tremendous fun. There is plenty of gore, comedy, twists and turns in the plot, and at less than 90 minutes long, it never gets boring.
If you don’t mind a bit of gore and subtitles, this is a very entertaining 90 minutes.