Unlike usual murder mystery films, this does not dwell on the whudunit trope; we are introduced to the man behind the kidnapping, and the rest of the film ensues in a mad chase in order to recover the children from his grasps. The movie adapts creative changes, adding a lot more cast members, and going straight to the point.
A positive of this adaptation is that it has improved cinematography compared to its predecessors, but the movie suffers due to the lack of content injected into it. The way it was scripted was patchy; it could have done with a bit more fleshing out. The antagonist was a lot more mysterious in the books, thus making the chase a bit of a bore despite the thrilling aspect to it. The faith factor of the tale doesn’t weigh a lot in the adaptation, although the characters try to interject some thought of it to the movie.
I’m disappointed with this installment, even if it had plenty of thrilling scenes, and a lot more people involved. The content of the story wasn’t enough; if they were already taking liberties, why not add more interesting bits to it? It’s very straightforward, which means disregarding the brooding dark nature that has been present in the narration of the novel.
Original Title: Flaskepost fra P
Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pål Sverre Hagen
Director: Hans Petter Moland