SOUND OF NOISE (eOne, 2010) D: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson, w/ Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson. Rating: NNN; DVD package: none Rating: NNN
Deadpan Swedish humour at its finest. Six renegade drummers in revolt against conventional music launch a series of criminal performances across the city and only one man can stop them: tone-deaf Amadeus Warnebring, head of the anti-terrorist squad.
The drummers act like the cool guys in a caper flick, all meticulous planning, daring strikes and quick getaways. Meanwhile, Warnebring gets more anguished and his methods more eccentric as he closes in. Bengt Nilsson gives him a stiff misery and hangdog face that make him a marvellous foil for gang leader Sanna Persson's energy and charisma.
Lively percussion underscores the dandy set pieces and gives the movie the propulsive drive it needs to work as both thriller and comedy.
Sound Of Noise takes its story seriously and follows its logic to the end. Too bad there isn't a director interview to tell us where that logic began.
EXTRA Swedish audio. English, French subtitles.