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Reykjavik-Rotterdam / Reykjavik à Rotterdam (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Baltasar Kormakur
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B006Z4LP1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,147 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

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Reykjavik-Rotterdam raconte l’histoire d’un gardien de sécurité et ancien contrebandier d’alcool entre l’Islande et les Pays-Bas qui est incité à reprendre ses activités illicites par un ami douteux alors qu’il connaît des problèmes financiers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 6 2012
Format: DVD
This is the Icelandic film that garnered so much deserved attention when it first hit the screens back in 2008. It stars Baltasar Kormakur as Kristofer, he is working as a low paid security guard. This is after he lost his job on the ships due to alcohol smuggling. Iceland has stupidly high tax on alcohol and so there are big bucks to be made in smuggling it in. He has done time for his crime but took the rap for his co smugglers, this includes best mate Steingrimur. He is also married to his ex wife, but Steingrimur seems very keen to help in their hour of need, probably too helpful.

Anyway money is tight and so Kristofer gets cajoled into doing one more job by Steingrimur, so with the money in place and a willing crew he sets off. Problem is Steingrimur has his fingers in a lot of pies and interests in Kristofer that go beyond his smuggling capabilities. Meanwhile Kris and co get sidelined in Rotterdam with a very unsavoury character indeed and all merry hell kicks off.

This is the most expensive film ever from Iceland and it does show, it is well directed, acted, shot and perfectly paced for that thriller atmosphere that can either make or break a film. It has been remade in the US as 'Contraband' starring Mark Wahlberg, but Baltasar Kormakur directs it.

This is high octane, gripping, violent and actually funny on more than one occasion; so an all round ruddy treat. I have not seen the remake but as this was so good I will give it a whirl. There are enough twists to keep you guessing right up until the end, and yet this is one that you will get more out of on subsequent viewings as there is just so much packed in. If this is what Iceland can do then I wish them every success ' in Icelandic, Dutch and some English, and a fair bit of cuss words this is one for action thriller fans and anyone who likes World cinema.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rollicking Action Thriller That Pretty Much has it all! May 6 2012
By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is the Icelandic film that garnered so much deserved attention when it first hit the screens back in 2008. It stars Baltasar Kormakur as Kristofer, he is working as a low paid security guard. This is after he lost his job on the ships due to alcohol smuggling. Iceland has stupidly high tax on alcohol and so there are big bucks to be made in smuggling it in. He has done time for his crime but took the rap for his co smugglers, this includes best mate Steingrimur. He is also married to his ex wife, but Steingrimur seems very keen to help in their hour of need, probably too helpful.

Anyway money is tight and so Kristofer gets cajoled into doing one more job by Steingrimur, so with the money in place and a willing crew he sets off. Problem is Steingrimur has his fingers in a lot of pies and interests in Kristofer that go beyond his smuggling capabilities. Meanwhile Kris and co get sidelined in Rotterdam with a very unsavoury character indeed and all merry hell kicks off.

This is the most expensive film ever from Iceland and it does show, it is well directed, acted, shot and perfectly paced for that thriller atmosphere that can either make or break a film. It has been remade in the US as `Contraband' starring Mark Wahlberg, but Baltasar Kormakur directs it.

This is high octane, gripping, violent and actually funny on more than one occasion; so an all round ruddy treat. I have not seen the remake but as this was so good I will give it a whirl. There are enough twists to keep you guessing right up until the end, and yet this is one that you will get more out of on subsequent viewings as there is just so much packed in. If this is what Iceland can do then I wish them every success - in Icelandic, Dutch and some English, and a fair bit of cuss words this is one for action thriller fans and anyone who likes World cinema.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sounds routine, but very well done Jan. 12 2012
By Michael Harbour - Published on Amazon.com
The plot about a working class smuggler sounds routine but it's very well executed. I doubt the announced American remake will be anywhere near as good. Although if it stars Mark Wahlberg, as rumored, it might be. He could do this movie justice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Movie May 15 2013
By Been There - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw the American remake of this movie first...then somehow found out this is the foreign movie on which the remake was based. The foreign version is more entertaining although the American version (with Mark Wahlberg) has the everything-coming-up-better-than-roses ending. Both films are fast paced and the characters were well thought out. I liked the foreign version because it portrayed everyone getting through life the best they can in Iceland, so it was more believable. Sometimes people make the wrong choices no matter what country they live in. Sometimes a gamble works out and sometimes it doesn't, but the thrill of getting there is what this movie has in spades.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reykjavik to Rotterdam Aug. 11 2013
By The Bard William Shakespeare - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was the source for Marky Mark's Contraband.

The DVD is functional. It plays in Linux Ubuntu this and that.

This movie is an Iceland film. It it has all the appointments that a Hollywood
movie would have. Bought this to see if I were/was (mystery to me) in the movies from Iceland knowing
I was in their TV series, Black Angels about a group of detectives working in gloomy Reykjavik.To be honest I wanted to see what life was like in this amazing city state. Black Angels is on the same level as Law In Order: SVU. Very professional. Their violent scenes are done sloppily because that is how they are done in real life. At least they address that issue with commonsense. No one is a kick boxer.

Well, Reykjavik has just about anything you could find in the USA from microwave ovens, to Nike, to Rebok, iPads,3D cinema, HD giant screen TVs. Whatever America has so does Reykjavik. Levi jeans. How easy is that.

Am not into crime dramas. I like sci-fi. This movie is slick. I don't see why their film indusrty doesn't do sci-fi. Their language has 33 sylablles.Iceland is a cold and barren Hawaii. It is the whitest nation on Earth. You have to live there for 40 years before you can mooch of the government. Tough Latinos.

Have watched over half of it. Be sure I am in it. I know better.

What does the Icelandic Film Commission have on its plate for me? And this ain't no rhetorical question (I guess).

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