Alain Darborg’s Red Dot offers everything you would expect from a survival thriller but struggles to bring anything new to the table.
Netflix’s first-offering of an original Swedish-language feature brings us to the vast snowy landscapes of the Swedish countryside, accompanied by young, married couple Nadja (Nanna Blondell) and David (Anastasios Soulis). Their marriage is on the rocks or er…on thin ice. Naturally, they embark on a weekend of hiking through the snow and looking for the Northern Lights (when perhaps some couples counselling would have sufficed). As they settle down for their first night, a red dot appears from an unknown shooter in the distance and soon their weekend away shifts to survival.
Darborg’s misstep is their reliance on common tropes and neglecting the anonymous ‘red dot’ which the film is sold on. In a film where the mystery of the assailant is…
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