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Sex, Lögner och Videovald

Sex, Lies and Videoviolence

Sweden 2000
produced by
Mike Beck, Anders Ek, Johan Holm, Richard Holm, Henrik Wadling, for Tech Noir Film
directed by Richard Holm
starring Mike Beck, Johan Holm, Camilla Henemark, Magnus Uggla, Zara Zetterqvist, Kaj Steveman, Anders Ek, Joachim Lindman, Micke Dubois, Anders Tegner, Tony Johansson, Jan Larsson, Christina Lindberg, Mel Brooks, Jörgen Holmstedt, Brandon Lee, Elinor Persson, Johanna Westman, Staffan Nordén, Ylva Maria Thompson, Melina Wikman, Anderz Petersson, Sven-Erik Olsson
written by Richard Holm, Henrik Wadling, music by Christer Planborg, visual effects by Per Sjöberg, Johannes Runeborg, Adam Horvath, Anders Franzén, special makeup effects by Kaj Steveman, Joakim Lindman, Göran Lundström, alien monster effects by Jan Larsson, fight choreography by Mike Beck

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Micke (Mike Beck) is a man in love with violent movies, and he loves to watch action movies from the 1970's and 80's back-to-back as his form of weekend entertainment. Then one day though, while wtching Die Hard, one of the German terrorists, Franz (Johan Holm), jumps out of the TV, and now wants to kill Micke - and who knows how Micke gets away. Then Micke's sister (Zara Zetterqvist) shows up to give stomach-bursting birth to an alien before his very eyes.

Now Micke knows all of this is just a hallucination, he has been through all of this before and has recieved treatment - but how come then the next day he reads in the newspaper that his hallucination, the German terrorist, has shot someone?

Micke knows noone will believe him, so he buys a gun on the street (which eventually turns out to be a toygun) and goes terrorist hunting - to disastrous results, because soon enough, he gets his girlfriend (Camilla Henemark) killed and suddenly finds himself on the run from the droogs from A Clockwork Orange - when he happens to come across the spirit of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who provides him with weapons and a Terminator-like outfit, and this way, Micke turns the tables on the droogs - but somehow Franz, who has temporarily been one of the droogs, gets away.

Micke manages to track Franz down to a movie theatre, where Franz turns into RoboCop (Tony Johansson), and now the two battle it out to the fullest, until Terminator Micke destroys RoboCop - but Franz emerges from RoboCop's shell unfazed, and it's only now that Micke realizes to end all of this he has to get Franz back into the TV - forcefully ... which is when the scenery changes, and we find Micke in the loonie bin, destroying the TV - turns out everything was just an elaborate daydream of his ... but why then is Franz still around?

 

You might have guessed it from my synopsis: Sex, Lögner och Videovald is a loving hommage to as well as over-the-top parody of action cinema from the 1970's and 80's, anmely films like Die Hard, Terminator, RoboCop, Alien, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Clockwork Orange, Thriller - En Grym Film (with Christina Lindberg in a cameo repeating her role from that movie) as well as any number of Chuck Norris-, Jean-Claude Van Damme- and John Woo-movies. What makes this film somewhat special is that it never shies away from identifying its sources on one hand, while never reducing movie-quotes to mere dress-up routines - no, while watching Sex, Lögner och Videovald one gets the feeling that the people behind the film intimately understood their source material and consciously wanted to improve upon it, take all these elements from other films to make a movie that can very much hold its own on both a narrative and a directorial level.

All that said though, Sex, Lögner och Videovald certainly is no masterpiece, some of its humour is way too blunt or misses its target altogether, but it should be the perfect sort of entertainment to watch with a couple of mates and a couple of beers.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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