Wednesday, September 22, 2021

QUICKSAND (2021) – SWEDISH – REVIEW IN ENGLISH – Vishwanath Rajasekaran

  • Released date: 5th April 2019
  • Streaming Platform: Netflix
  • Original Language: Swedish
  • Dubbed Language: English
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Runtime: 45mins per episode
  • VR Rating: 7/10

 

STORY

Netflix continues its international expansion again and again. The first Swedish original creation of the streaming juggernaut, the Quicksand series is based on Malin Persson Giolito's bestseller entitled “Nothing Greater” (original title: “Störst av Allt”).

 

In Stockholm's most upscale suburb, Danderyd, lives a heap of young, attractive people, lucky to have super-rich parents. Between yacht trips in the south and gargantuan evenings in family homes, teens live a dream existence. In the middle of these lucky guys, Maja Norberg, her friends and especially her boyfriend Sebastian. Rich and cool, the 2 lovebirds make the perfect couple that everyone jealousies. If on the surface everything is smooth and beautiful, beneath layers of cash and hypocrisy, Sebastian's life is not exactly fun. A mother gone who knows where, a little loving father, absent most of the time and preferring to tell the exploits of the big brother at Harvard, the young Sebastian is burning the candle at both ends by celebrating more than reason.

 

After a few months of relationship, Maja discovers the faults of her boyfriend, questioning their history. She ends up falling into a sentimental spiral with a dramatic outcome: a high school shootout, killing students and teachers. The nightmare begins for the teenager, accused of aiding and abetting murder. Imprisoned in isolation, awaiting her over-publicized trial, she spends several months alone between the 4 walls of her cell, without television, books, radio or newspapers and without the possibility of receiving visits, except those of his lawyer. But the question remains: did she really commit the acts for which she is accused?

 

REVIEW

  • Quicksand is based on the successful novel "Störst av Allt" by ex-lawyer Malin Persson Giolito.
  • The story actually takes place a few months after the shooting, when Maja is imprisoned. From the pits of her cell, the adolescent recalls the beginnings of her relationship with Sebastian, her fall, her sometimes stressed relationship with her friends Amanda and Samir, with her parents as well as with Sebastian's father. Snatches of memories that fit together and gradually reconstruct the puzzle of an upcoming drama, unravelling the true from the false to lead to the truth.
  • Teen playoffs are extremely common lately, so the director and the writer better get up early to be successful. Quicksand missed do it. The major problem is from the start, everything is decided in advance. The strings of the plot, as extravagant as swim shorts on a nudist beach, hardly pass the test, fail in reality.
  • What should have been a story based on doubts and questions turns out to be appallingly predictable. The central questions: is Maja guilty and if so, what is her motive? The viewer can answer them himself.
  • The 6 episodes drag on, all this to finally tell us what we already know. The long-awaited ending twist, the one that could have tipped the rather standard teenage story to the devious and dark side, genuinely morbid, that twist, will never come, much to our regret.
  • The performance of Hanna Ardéhn who plays the lead role. The 23-year-old Swedish girl puts on a completely convincing performance as Maja, navigating between helplessness, incomprehension and guilt. At his side, Felix Sandman who plays Sebastian, rich kid and head to slaps, eaten up by misfortune and its excesses of all kinds.

 

OVERALL,

Quicksand has wonderful actors’ contributions but missed to be intriguing because of predictable screenplay but worth a watch. 

 

PS: Please watch the movie on a high definition or 4K enabled screen with Dolby surrounded speakers to feel the aura. I watched the series with High definition with HDR enabled screen along with Dolby surround speakers.

 

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