A large parts of the Danish population is outraged that a newly appointed government has broken its election promises and together with the United States decided to drill for oil in the fragile North-East Greenland. Mia Moesgaard (Trine Dyrholm), journalist and political commentator takes part in a TV debate with the danish foreign minister Thomas Borby (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) where she is manipulated into appearing to advocate violent reprisals against the drilling. Rasmus Holm Jensen (Kim Bodnia), a geophysicist and former Olympic marksman, is watching the broadcast. He has information that proves the government is lying about vital aspects of the oil field. He also agrees with the idea that violent action is the way to force the issue out into the open. He sends Mia the information he has gathered, but while the newspaper strives to confirm the figures he’s provided, he takes it upon himself to target the people he feels are responsible for betraying the Danish electorate. Soon, he and Mia are being regarded as in collusion, and Mia has to do everything she can to stop Rasmus from carrying out his plan to stop the deal from being ratified…

“Skytten” is a remake of the 1977s “The Marksman”, and the political cause has changed from keeping Denmark a nuclear-free zone to one where the government is holding back information about an off- shore oil deal that involves the US. The foundation for a good conspiracy thriller is there, but I think that the dramatic structure, the direction and the not fully convincing acting makes this a very vague production with a TV movie feeling. I think the biggest failure is the non existing suspense, which is really the pillar in this sort of movie. The sub-plot involving Mia adopting a child from India feels forced and doesn´t really add that extra layer to Trine Dyrholm´s character. Kim Bodnia is normally one of Denmark´s finest actors, but he seems a bit lost here and his character isn´t fleshed out properly in my point of view and his reasons for taking the action he does could have been fleshed out as well. Yes, there´s intriguing layers such as newspaper censorship, whistle-blowing, and political expediency, but due to the fact the movie never takes off, everything ends up as said in a vague shadowland. (2 and a half out of 5)

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