Ethan Hawke & Noomi Rapace’s Bizzare Hostage Drama
Stockholm is the film adaptation of the Swedish bank robbery of 1973 which is at the # 39, origin of the term, Stockholm Syndrome. It is an unconscious survival strategy where the hostages become empathic towards their captors. Canadian director Robert Budreau based the plot on a New Yorker article written as a result of the incident. A talented cast sells the place, but the film is told with a delivery by heart. Stockholm develops good manners, but never seizes you like a criminal tragedy.
Stockholm opens on Ethan Hawke donning a disguise. He wears a leather outfit and a black-haired wig and has dyed his mustache on the handlebars. He prepares a bag of weapons and goes to a Swedish central bank. He pulls in air with panache, sending horrified bankers to search for security. When the Swedish police react, she is stunned to hear her requests. He wants money, but also the immediate release of the famous bank robber, Gunnar Sorensson (Mark Strong).
The Stockholm Chief of Police (Christopher Heyerdahl) is perplexed by the motives of the thief. He let everyone escape, but kept two bank employees hostage. Noomi Rapace co-stars like Bianca Lind. She never loses her temper while the thief interacts flamboyantly with the police. Bianca is terrified, but her face soothes her fellow hostage (Bea Santos). Bianca realizes that the thief is concerned about his safety. They develop a strange relationship when the situation becomes critical.
Stockholm works when the main characters interact with the bank. Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace are magnetic in a volatile situation. It is not a violet that shrinks. He respects his strength in his relations with the police. Robert Budreau does a great job in strengthening their relationship. It's a twisted dynamic that is happening in a credible way. You can feel the sexual tension rising between the characters. Bianca's fear, the thief's attention, this becomes an aphrodisiac for both. Noomi Rapace offers a great performance.
Stockholm loses focus when he integrates situations outside of bank robbery. The police and the political reaction seem gone. Robert Budreau constantly reminds us of the unexpected nature of the event. Sweden had never experienced anything like it. The news media interconnect the action with the updates. Crowds gather as cat and mouse games raise the stakes. Stockholm should rage in anticipation at this point. The intensity inside the bank is never equaled by the forces of order. They are so huge in their approach. If one believes the basic principles of conspiracy, the police should have been captivating. They would have faced an unprecedented crime in their society. The police in the movie, even with his costume of the time, is completely forgotten.
Stockholm is an interesting true story. Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace were well chosen for the kidnapper and his hostage. Their time in the bank vault eclipsed the movie's other intrigues. I've completely lost interest except for the scenes of Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace. Stockholm is distributed by Smith Global Media.
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