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Breathtaking new trailer for real life heist film, NOKAS, hits

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 6th, 2010

So, we are 10 days away from seeing the release of Chris Nolan’s film, INCEPTION, and with reviews popping up by the second, the buzz has become overwhelming, comparing the filmmaker and his work to films from the likes of Kubrick and David Lean.

Now, while the filmmaker has become a modern day legend, one film that seems to get lost amongst his canon is his 2002 remake of the Erik Skjoldbjaerg film, INSOMNIA.  The film was a really great thriller, a kind of “white noir,” that while not being his best work, is one that doesn’t quite get the love it should.

Well, thanks to Twitch (via /Film), we have a trailer for Skjoldbjaerg’s next film, a heist film known as NOKAS, and while I think INCEPTION is going to be the greatest film of the year, I can’t help but have a massive interest in this film, after this amazing trailer.

The trailer reminds me of work from the likes of Romain Gavras  with a view of criminals that is so glorious that it makes the OCEAN’S films look lame in comparison.  This looks to be one hell of a dark and violent film, with influences seeming to be from films like Z (in style) and RASHOMON (in the way it takes a single event from multiple perspectives.  Overall, this is one film that I can’t wait to check out.

Here's the film's synopsis:

In the morning of the 5th of April 2004, the greatest bank robbery in Norwegian history was carried out in Stavanger. Nokas is the story of this robbery, which took place at the central cash service in Stavanger. The film traces the development of the robbery from early morning on until the fatal shot that took police officer Klungland’s life. The story is credibly narrated through details in an everyday manner. Routines and daily activities at the police station and the cash service centre, the unaffected civilians at the Cathedral Square who politely ask the heavily armed robbers if they may pass with their pram, and the robbers who restlessly get dressed, take a leak, kid around, and wait for the great event. And when the robbery is carried out, it’s totally unreal for everyone. Even if it’s actually taking place.

The robbery itself is the main character of the story, and it is illuminated from several angles in the course of the film, from the perspective of the police, the robbers, the central cash service personnel, and ordinary people. It’s a credible and realistic, but fictitious reconstruction, the way it could have happened. The story is poetically and filmatically depicted, with sober use of various genre techniques.


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