Monday, July 4, 2011
Directed by Lauri Nurkse
Starring Mikko Leppilampi, Antti Luusuaniemi, Pihla Viitala, Hennariikka Laaksola, Malla Malmivaara
Veijarit (internationally released as The Hustlers) is about two friends (Leppilampi and Luusuaniemi) who are womanizers and heavy nightclub hitters. Well wouldn't you know it, one of them falls for a sweet girl and what ensues is a broken bromance. I was personally really waiting for an outrageous comedy about two obnoxious men chasing tale in Helsinki in the wake of, say The Wedding Crashers. No. The film turns into a drama which goes down the same path we've seen countless times all the way to the ridiculously stupid ending. Shit, is it really that much of a gamble for these filmmakers to really go for it with the comedy? Everything always has to have such a dramatic edge it ruins the comedy aspect. Director Nurkse recently directed a decent TV crime series Tappajan Näköinen Mies (roughly translated Man Who Looks Like A Killer) and maybe that's what he ought to pursue next: a thriller. Because judging from this, before he grabs another lighter script, the man needs some practice.
Veijarit at IMDb