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King of Devil’s Island (2011)King of Devil’s Island (2011)

King of Devil’s Island (2011)

Stellan Skarsgard delivers the goods in a bleak historical drama

Action, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

France, Norway

Norwegian, Swedish

Action-packed, Dark, True-story-based

2011

Marius Holst

Benjamin Helstad, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Kimmo Rajala

120 min

Synopsis

Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, determined to escape from the island. After a tragic incident, he ends up leading the boys in a violent uprising. When the boys manage to take over the island, 150 soldiers are sent in to restore order.

Our Take

8.0
Bilal Zouheir

This gorgeous Scandinavian movie is based on a true story and stars the ever-reliable Stellan Skarsgard.

He plays the governor of a strict youth correctional facility in Norway in 1915. The arrival of a feared kid kickstarts events that are very famous in Norway but little-known elsewhere: an uprising within the facility that will eventually require the army to get involved. A strong movie with stellar (Stellan) performances.

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