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Norwegian Ninja - The Nords attempt a B-movie

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Norwegian Ninja 2010Thomas Cappelen MallingThomas Cappelen MallingMads Ousdal,Jon Øigarden,Trond-Viggo Torgersen Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Norwegian Ninja(2010)

Bitter Balcony reported about “Norwegian Ninja” a few months back and after all that time we’ve finally been able to sit and enjoy it’s B-movie antics… or did we?

The movie’s synopsis is as simple as it gets; the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. Of course by “true story” they mean a ridiculously bad ninja movie in the style of late ‘70s camp. There are things like the secret island they live on being protected by a Feng Shui barrier. This is totally ridiculous as Feng Shui is probably the furthest thing from a weapon you can use. It leads to a great scene (seen in the trailer) that provides a hearty laugh.

The movie should have continued to tap into this ridiculousness and purposefully bad miniatures for the special effects, but somehow misses the point. It’s not easy to point to one or two direct things that are what fails. It just seems like they had a great idea and somehow missed the point when they started shooting it. There are a few gems that survived from the script, but overall it was a tad too unfunny.

The performances are well done and the narrative is as good as it needs to be, but the camp is muddy. Considering that you’d have to go out of your way to be able to watch this movie we recommend you watch the trailer, make up what the movie should have been in your head and live with that. It’s too bad this didn’t make for a more entertaining watch/review. We really hoped it would.

If after all that above you still feel like braving the film, we won't judge, and you live in Seattle then check this link out, because it's playing at SIFF!


Norwegian Ninja2010Thomas Cappelen MallingThomas Cappelen MallingMads Ousdal,Jon Øigarden,Trond-Viggo Torgersen 

Directed by: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Written by: Thomas Cappelen Malling
Cast: Mads Ousdal, Jon Øigarden, Trond-Viggo Torgersen

Source of the Bitter: JAS

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