Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Sweden 2003

Adapted from a best-selling novel, this Swedish drama follows rebellious teenager Erik (Andreas Wilson) as he's expelled from high school for fighting and sent to the prestigious Stjärsnberg Academy. Having endured many beatings from his father, Erik is dismayed to face a similar threat from the academy's senior students, who bully the younger ones mercilessly. But this time, Erik is determined not to crack and lash out in violence.

Absolutely powerful. From the beginning of the film to the end, "Ondskan" never lets up. An involving character growth from long shot to legend that attains social justice and self-perseverance. Erik is an outlandish violent youth which is a product of his step-father's physically and mentally abusive ego. With such a violent upbringing and a caring mother who is powerless to prevent any damage to the damage already done, Erik develops a hard skin and a tough as nails personality, that gives him an edge on pretty much anyone. This is where a lot of the brilliant execution of dialog and physical altercations play out so intensely. This is to say the least. There are several in depth developed characters of the antagonist and protagonist realm. So well thought out and played with great acting and deep emotional portrayals. A triumphant and riveting film.

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