Godforsaken Review

Godforsaken hails its Natural Born Killers pedigree right on the front of the video case. Based on a true story of Dutch hooliganism, Godforsaken unfortunately can't keep up with Oliver Stone's heady thrill ride -- and that really isn't saying a lot.

Stan (Egbert Jan Weeber) is an impressionable middle-class kid, with a long-last father and minimal ambition. When old pal Mike (Tygo Gernandt) gets out of jail, Stan gets quickly sucked into Mike's world, joining him on a series of burglaries in search of easy money. Alas, it doesn't start out well -- the first job turns out so badly that things wind up with the shopkeeper dead and the pair emptyhanded. What follows is a disjointed story of Stan and Mike increasingly becoming at odds with the Turkish mafia, Mike's girfriend (Angela Schijf) getting pregnant and having a miscarriage, and infighting among the group.

The movie itself is reasonably well made, a video production with moody Scandinavian sensibility, but the misadventures of Stan and Mike simply aren't interesting enough to hold our attention. The story feels derivative and done to death -- just because the main characters don't speak English doesn't mean the tale is unique. Consider Fun or even Better Luck Tomorrow -- the core of the stories are the same, but the execution is startlingly unique and memorable.

Godforsaken is old hat.

Aka Van God Los.


Facts and Figures

Run time: 82 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 10th April 2010

Production compaines: Dehlavi Films


Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.0 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: Annabel Wright as Lucille / Martine, Nick Ashdon as The Angel, Graham Bohea as Eric, as The Surgeon, Dominic Mafham as he Priest, Emily Lomax as Camille, Gill Malek as Judge, Merric Boyd as Kidnapper, Kenneth Bryans as Police Inspector