A real doofus manages to lose a disc containing a computer virus belonging to the organisation B.R.O.T.T. The virus has ended up in the hands of Per Värsh and Axel Wadd.
Before "Död Vid Ankomst", this Swedish action enthusiast (Henric Brandt) made another action-package homage called "Overkill". What seperates the two is that this one doesn't try as hard to be a serious and good movie, and I think that's a good thing. At least considering that this was made 4 years before. I have heard many directors talk down starting your career with goofy films just because it's "easier", and to some degree I guess I can agree but it all comes down to what you really want to do. And there's also nothing better to boost your own ego to make something silly that you know no one can talk down to simply because it is and wants to be a silly movie. But "Overkill" shows a lot more ambition than most Swedish home-crafted indies, even though it falls into many of the same holes. Who am I to judge it? I've been there myself.
It starts out with a guy loosing an important computer virus. It belongs to an organisation called B.R.O.T.T. (C.R.I.M.E.). The guy accidently left it in the hands (quite literally) of two guys with laughable names that people through-out the movie comment on. Per Värsh and Axel Wadd (translates to "Pervert" and "Shoulder Pads", with some spelling errors to make it less obvious and more into names). The name thing wears off quickly. It doesn't take very long before it becomes just a cliché-filled movie, moreso than a parody. The front cover of the DVD calls it a "zero-budgeted tribute to all of the 80 & 90's movie clichés" so I knew what to expect. But I can't for the life of me figure out if that tagline was added after the movie was finished to save their skin, or if it was always planned to be just that. The movie itself does have lots of clichés, but not all of them seem intentional. Does that make it a tribute? Fuck it, who cares, right?
It mostly feels like a labour of love, made by fans of movies. And that's often the case with early works but this is a bit bigger than just an amateurs short film, simply because it's feature length and has it's own DVD release. That alone will make you judge it a bit harder, I think. But what makes it much better than just a poor short by nobodies is that it has a pretty good production value. It has plenty of guns and (though digital) gunfire effects, the sound work is actually good, the actors aren't top-notch but far better than expected, the music fits and finally I thought it had a really cool opening credits. It paved the way perfectly for an action movie. Whether the movie ended up as action-filled as I had hoped or not doesn't really matter either. It is what it is - I just can't judge it as hard as "Död Vid Ankomst".
"Overkill" is the start of Branbomm Films (I think) and it will always be an important movie for them. What we think of it won't matter since it is just a starter film. Sure, you will find some things in this one that will later be recognized in "Död Vid Ankomst" 4 years later, but that's a good thing. Director's need to have some things people can recognize! "Overkill" does end up like most Swedish amateurish films with locations such as construction sites and whatnot because it's easy to just go there to film in privacy, but it's fine if you know what you are getting into. I'm happy Branbomm are making more movies because they do have something going, and even though I'm not all for these Swedish action indies, some people enjoy them a great deal. "Overkill" is far from the worst in the bunch and will probably get a few laughs out of you, but it didn't give me much more than that. It's cool that they spent time and money to get this movie released, but maybe it would be better suited as extra material on some other release. On a plus side it does come with lots of extra material itself. If I had liked the movie more I would have a good time with all of those.