Hamilton: But Not if it Concerns Your Daughter (2012)

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Released 15-May-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 86:24
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tobias Falk
Studio
Distributor
Icon Entertainment Starring Mikael Persbrandt
Seba Mubarak
Frida Hallgren
Reuben Sallmander
Nadja Christiansson
Lennart Hjulström
Peter Eggers
Steven Waddington
Cal Macaninch
Case ?
RPI ? Music Philippe Boix-Vives
Jon Ekstrand


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In) Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     A little while ago I reviewed the Blu-ray release of Swedish espionage action film Hamilton: I nationens intresse or Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation. I found that film a little underwhelming, due to a confusing story amongst other things. Regardless, I decided to take a look at the second film in the currently planned trilogy, Hamilton: Men inte om det galler din dotter or Hamilton: But Not if it Concerns Your Daughter. This is a significantly better film than the first one with a much clearer story, good quality action scenes and a nice tense atmosphere.

    The Carl Hamilton spy stories are based upon a series of novels by Swedish author, Jan Guillou who began writing them when he was in prison for espionage himself. There are currently 13 novels in the series and this film is based (loosely I am led to believe) on the most recent novel which was published in 2008. Many of the novels have been previously filmed for Swedish television starring actors such as Stellan Skarsgard and Peter Stormare in the titular role. A third film is due in 2014.

     Carl Hamilton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a Swedish Secret Service Commander, basically a Scandinavian James Bond. He is a very cold and efficient man who displays very little emotion, which I understand comes straight from the books. In this film he is assigned to stop an assassination attempt on a visiting Palestinian diplomat and capture the assassin in concert with Ewa Tanguy, a female Secret Police officer. Ewa & Carl are close friends and Ewa's young daughter, Nathalie, thinks of Carl like a second father. Despite the assassination attempt being foiled the capture does not go well. The situation is exacerbated by Ewa doing a television interview where she seems to criticise the Moslem world. When her daughter is kidnapped Carl must go rogue in order to attempt to rescue her as there are more powers involved than just a group of Moslem terrorists. Mayhem ensues.

     As I mentioned above in entertainment terms this film is a significant step up from the first film, featuring a clear and easy to follow (some might say simple) plot. The action scenes are well handled especially the fight at the end and the acting is improved over the first film. The film is well shot and looks pretty good even on this DVD version. I think the new director for this second film, Tobias Falk, has made a step in the right direction for this series, more direct and thriller focused. The plot is certainly not new, girl gets kidnapped, father figure chases after the kidnappers, but it is well done, exciting and entertaining. It is done efficiently coming in with a run time under 90 minutes on this PAL transfer.

     I was hoping for a more engaging and exciting second film in this series and I got it. I am now keen to see the third film in the series next year.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is excellent for DVD.

     The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was very clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was excellent.

     The colour is also excellent showing off the beautiful colours of autumnal Sweden and the desert.

     The only blemish was some minor aliasing.

     There are subtitles in English which are burned in for non-English dialogue (which is probably about 60% of the dialogue). It is a shame there were no subtitles for the English dialogue as some of this was heavily accented.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains a mostly Swedish but also Arabic & English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1. This is a good quality audio track for DVD.

     Dialogue was not perfectly audible with some muffled lines and bad accents in the English portions. Obviously the subtitles translated other languages. Subtitles are not available for the English portions.

     The score is quite a lot better in this film than the first one adding significantly to the tension and excitement.

     The surround speakers provided good directional effects during action sequences and atmosphere and music throughout.

    The subwoofer added shock value at times & supported explosions and action, plus adding bass to the music.

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Extras

    No extras are included. Something about the novels or the plans for the film series would have been useful.

Menu

    The menu includes scenes and music.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    I can't find any evidence of UK or US releases of this film although I believe there is a Swedish one but have no detail on it. Buy local.

Summary

    The second film of a series that is significantly better than the first.

    The video quality is excellent for DVD.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are being waterboarded.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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