TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE OATH (Iceland 2016) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

the_oath_posterTHE OATH (Iceland 2016) ***1/2
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

Starring: Hera Hilmar, Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Örn Garðarsson

Review by Gilbert Seah

THE OATH is TAKEN Icelandic style, while making good use of the Icelandic landscape.

Not a revenge film with all violence, beatings and car chases, THE OATH is a thinking man’s revenge flick. Finnur (Kormákur), a prominent physician, is dealing simultaneously with both the death of his father and the increasingly erratic behaviour of his eldest daughter, Anna (Hera Hilmar).

Perplexed, he suspects that Anna’s new boyfriend, Óttar (Gísli Örn Garðarsson), may be the cause. A frantic late-night call from Anna convinces Finnur that he must get the creepy Óttar out of his daughter’s life for good.

The father devises a scheme to save his daughter with the cops having him as the prime suspect for a killing. A large part of the film is his planning for both the killing and the alibi. What would a father not do to save his family?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vPNwJ4yab8

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