|DVD Kommandør Treholt & ninjatroppen
Run time: 77 min
Genres: Action | Comedy
Director: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Writers: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Stars: Mads Ousdal, Jon Øigarden, Trond-Viggo Torgersen
The true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War.
|Plot Keywords: norway, commander, ninja, name in title, ampersand in title|
Release Date: 13 August 2010 (Norway)
Budget: NOK 17,900,000 (estimated)
In this "true" story about the events that lead to Arne Treholts arrest for treason back in 1984, we are served a spectacular epic, with some nice stop-motion effects(in our days of CGI) and lots of absurd humor. It's not often we are served something really original, when it comes to movies. Almost every movie is either a remake or a reboot, but this! A secret ninja organization located right outside of Oslo, with the late king Olav as their leader, Trond-Viggo Torgersen really did a good job with that role. Mads Ousdal is great as Arne Treholt, he actually reminds me of Harrison Ford sometimes, but the character they've created for this movie also is great. The way he puts a cigarette in his mouth almost makes smoking look cool, and the rest of his supernatural powers, disappearing in a cloud of smoke, putting clothes on and of… It's a really amusing movie, and truly refreshing in these days, so was Inception, but personally, I think this concept was greater! Lots of bizarre humor, and ridiculous situations, an absurd masterpiece!
Yawn, that movie was so boring!
Just saw it on Fantasy Film Fest. There were 8 of us in the beginning of this film and 5 of them left cinema after half of this flick. It is very amateurish. Of course this is obviously intended most of the time but in some scenes its just… …well amateurish and cheap. Although there were some (very few) nice FX for such a low budget movie, like those invisible Ninjas..
For a Ninja or action movie there is far too less action. For a parody it is not funny enough in my opinion (there were maybe like 3 mediocre jokes and a good one).
Well my friend said that you might interpret this movie as a political statement about conspiracy driven by the USA packaged in a d-movie (and I agree) but its still bad entertainment…
Arne Treholt, in the real world, was Norways biggest traitor during the cold war. This film dishes out the alternate reality of him being the leader of the kings secret Ninja Elite Forces. Yes, we said Norwegian Ninjas. Expect obvious model miniatures hanging from visible strings, ninjas disappearing into smoke clouds, mixed in real footage of 80s events, made-to-be-bad martial arts scenes, machos with tinted sunglasses in best "Pilot" Heritage, and action scenes straight out of the fake army manual they made for the movie 😉 If you take this as a serious try on movie-making, you are in the wrong film. This is over the top Z filmmaking, and as such it blows 🙂
When I bought this movie it was because it said "From the producers of Dead Snow" on the front cover, and also because it is Norwegian. However, a movie's cover is not everything you might believe it to be.
Sure, "Norwegian Ninja" is a tribute to the old grindhouse movies, and hats off to it for that. But other than that, this movie doesn't really offer much else interesting.
The acting in the movie is actually quite alright, just bear in mind that people are speaking Norwegian here, so you might have to look at the subtitles. Luckily I understand Norwegian, so I disabled the subtitles and were able to watch the movie without having to read through them and miss out on stuff on the screen.
"Norwegian Ninja" offers a fairly weak storyline, though there were the occasional moment of glory here and there, though they were far apart. My favorite thing about the entire movie was Arne Treholt would appear and vanish in a flash of smoke every time, and it cracked me up. That was just too hilarious.
In overall, this movie didn't really entertain me anywhere near what "Dead Snow" ("Død Snø") did and it was somewhat of a disappointment. Actually I didn't even make it to the end, I gave up about three-fourths through the movie. I just found the movie to be irrelevant and uninteresting at that point.
I am sure there is a fan-base out there for a movie like this, it just didn't fit into what I enjoy in a movie. The movie is not bad, far from it, it is just an acquired taste.