DELIVER US FROM EVIL

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Violence erupts after a drunk driver runs over a local woman and pins the blame on the town´s Bosnian refugee. But when his brother gives the foreigner shelter, an armed group of vigilantes take to the streets to deliver their own brand of justice.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Johannes and his family return back to his birthplace in the countryside, where they bought an old mansion that he is renovating with the more than welcome help of a Bosnian fugitive named Alain. Most of the town folks are marginal proletarians, however, like Johannes’ brother Lars who’s an alcoholic, pregnant girlfriend beating truck driver. On the day before the town’s annual highlight – a carnival with a beer tent – Lars runs his truck over a sweet old granny who was on her way to the chapel on her moped. Lars frames Bosnian immigrant Alain for her death, which instantly causes the entire town to go on an aggressive and drunken manhunt. Johannes is the only person protecting Alain and they all entrench themselves in the house as the outrageous lynch mob arrives.

The cinematography by Danish legend Dan Lausten is nothing short of brilliant and all actors shine, even though most of them are cast against type or comes from different backgrounds than movies. ‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is so well made on all accounts that it can only be described as a Danish masterpiece. It wouldn’t necessarily be a masterpiece had it been made in the US, but perfecting the western genre, flirting with horror, making social comments, all grounded in a Danish setting with thrills and kills, this is as good as it’s going to get. And Ole Bornedal, once the great talent, has through recent years, enriched Danish film more than anyone, except maybe Von Trier.
The DVD comes with a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Outside of that, you’ve got nothing. The A/V Quality is strong enough for an indie drama, however a lot of dialogue got stepped on in the surround mix. It’s not that bad, but it might impact those with poor hearing. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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