Bun­gled ca­per dead­set win­ner

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

SO THESE eight Nor­we­gians walk into a Swedish girlie bar.

You know how the rest of the joke goes, right? Wrong.

Not that it re­ally mat­ters with Jack­pot, a bru­tally funny thriller- com­edy from the pen of cel­e­brated Scan­di­na­vian crime writer Jo Nesbo ( re­mem­ber the bril­liant

Head­hunters this year?). You won’t have to sit around long wait­ing for the punch­line. It’s sit­ting there smack- bang in the open­ing scene.

Ev­ery­body dies in a hail of gun­fire. Well, al­most ev­ery­one.

Once the cops have closed off the crime scene and com­menced foren­sics, they find a sole sur­vivor lodged be­neath a very plump dead strip­per. His name is Os­car ( Kyrre Hel­lum) and, I tell you, he has some ma­jor ex­plain­ing to do.

The chief de­tec­tive han­dling the case, In­spec­tor Solor ( Hen­rik Mes­tad), isn’t buy­ing a word of it.

He in­forms Os­car that he has a choice to make as he pro­ceeds with his story: ‘‘ Just keep ask­ing your­self, am I a wit­ness or a sus­pect?’’

Os­car will flash us back through the pre­vi­ous 24 hours with a tale that is ex­cit­ing, dis­turb­ing and grimly amus­ing. Of­ten all at the same time.

As it turns out, Os­car’s big mis­take was to have shared a win­ning lottery ticket worth more than a mil­lion kro­ner with a group of hard­ened ex- cons.

All that keeps Os­car from sam­pling the va­ri­ety of grisly fates that await the oth­ers is that his name is on the coupon.

At 80 min­utes, Jack­pot does not waste a mo­ment to twist and turn around what you think might be com­ing next.

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