You know, I love a good melodrama. Especially mixed with beautiful scenery and beautiful boys. So this film gets a double thumbs up from me.
King of Devils Island has been slotted in with the new wave of gritty Scandinavian thrillers like Girl With a Dragon Tattoo and Let the Right One In. But I don’t think it really fits in that mould. It’s quite a classic story and not really a thriller. Really I can imagine it being on the curriculum for year 10 students or being played in the middle of the day on TV. Which isn’t a bad thing at all.
The Good: That crawling over the ice scene near the end was fantastic- I looked around the cinema and absolutely everyone was squirming in their seats.
The Bad: I couldn’t looking at the blonde guys labret piercing hole. Killed the period feel a little.
The Ugly: Sigur Ros overkill- enough said.