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Monday, 13 April 2015

The Hundred Year Old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared

What a wonderful movie - think Forrest Gump as a hundred year old, explosive expert and you pretty much have the theme of this movie. Mind you, it's much better than Forrest Gump ever was, though no less ridiculous. It's also a heck of a lot more entertaining. The film is based on a bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, and I must admit to having been out of touch - I'd never heard of the book which was Sweden's biggest selling title in 2010 and since has gone on to become an international bestseller, nor was I aware of this movie version until I saw it as a discount title in the DVD section of my local ASDA. Strange given that it's the third highest grossing Swedish movie of all time, coming only behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire.

I guess I've not been following movie releases the way I used to - still, I'm glad I've finally discovered the movie which I loved. So impressed was I that no sooner had the end credits run than I downloaded the source novel to my Paperwhite.

It's a scream from start to finish - from the moment 100 year old Allan Karlsson climbs out of the window of his nursing him in order to escape his birthday celebrations, the film doesn't really put a foot wrong. If you like your comedy on the black side then you'll enjoy this.

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