7.81 h 49 min200318+
Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom directs the coming-of-age drama Ondskan (Evil), based on the autobiographical novel by Jan Guillou.
Mikael Håfström
Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus
English [CC]
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BJOSFReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Warning To All Bullies Everyware
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Every aspect of this film is superb... acting, script, plot, etc. Still remember being viciously bullied by two cretons freshman year of highschool. Luckily today victims have many more options to stop the bullying but it still goes on and only recently has the cruel practice of hazing been prohibited on college campuses. The hero of the film is someone who any of us who were bullied would have liked to have had on our side. There have been many movies with similar themes but this one is the best I've seen and totally unique.
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Jim in Winterville NCReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2020
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Movie reminds me of the book and film, Lord of the Flies. It reminds us that evil can persist when good people do nothing or, in this case, when adults become ostrich-like. And that clearly is the case in this film. Disturbing for many different reasons! The lead actor, Andreas Wilson, channels James Dean masterfully but in a more acceptable way.
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kateisaredheadReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very powerful movie that keeps you wanting more
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This is the second time I've watched this movie (Ok...2nd time was on accident since I'd forgotten I'd seen it. It was so good though that I kept watching). Worth your time to watch.
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Julio CoreaReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
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A total standout! As far as populist entertainment goes, this film really makes its point! You don't have to be in the brutal situation that the protagonist finds himself in to find parallels to the actual world around. Whatever the outcome of your lot, it's always a choice, and it never means taking it sitting down.
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PattywolfordReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling, but unbelievable
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I enjoyed watching this , but it really has to be exaggerated about the corruption and evil within the school. Thus, the 3 stars. Surely school administrators would have known about the abuse and put a stop to it. This is fiction, and so take it as an entertainment, which it is.
Chris BuhlerReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2021
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I just enjoyed this movie. The acting was spot on Eric (Andreas Wilson) was great to look at as well. I wish Hollywood, could make 5tar movies like Evil. Instead they keep telling the same stores over and over. Mission Imposable!!!
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Miranda MartinReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2014
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I became interested in this author, Jan Guillou, while living in Scandinavia and so try to follow what he does. This is the only film, and the story is from the author's youth. As the film comes from Sweden, I felt Ingmar Bergman's shadow hanging over it a little bit, and was therefore very glad for the simplicity and directness of the way the story was told. The story is simple but not less awful for that. One has to appreciate an author who presents such things this way - things that happen every day, everywhere. I doubt there is a person on the planet who isn't in touch with someone in the situations shown here. The acting is excellent and the settings and cinematography are as well. I'm glad I own it. I am sorry the author's books are not available in this country.
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Mari G. H.Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Circumstanses force the main actor to hold his tongue and his fist, but you will be rooting for him to win no matter what.
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This was in Swedish with English subtitles. If you like to see the underdog battle evil on all sides, you will like this movie, if not love it. My husband and I both watched it (not for little kids, and maybe best for people over 17-19yrs. or older. Use your discretion).
It had us hating the bad guys (of which there were several) and rooting for the underdogs, and there were several of those as well.
Don't want to give away too much, but it was a good depiction of what can happen when a small group of people are given too much power over all the other people in their community. Really good movie.
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