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Rat King (2012)

In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as two teenagers become absorbed into a computer game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world.

Director:

Petri Kotwica

Writer:

Petri Kotwica
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Cast

Credited cast:
Max Ovaska Max Ovaska ... Jury
Julius Lavonen ... Niki
Outi Mäenpää ... Mother
Niina Koponen Niina Koponen ... Mia
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ... Salo
Miika Ullakko Miika Ullakko ... Luke
Maarja Jakobson Maarja Jakobson ... German teacher
Külliki Saldre Külliki Saldre ... Principal
Kene Vernik Kene Vernik ... Sari
Marten Tall Marten Tall ... Jamppa
Oliver Rauam Oliver Rauam ... Jokke
Camilla O'Connor Camilla O'Connor ... Nurse
Kadri Kilp Kadri Kilp ... Pet shop clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ville Tiihonen ... (voice)
Kirsti Valve Kirsti Valve ... (voice)
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In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as two teenagers become absorbed into a computer game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world.

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Taglines:

Oletko pelaaja vai tehtävä? [Are you the gamer or the task?]

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland | Estonia

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Rattenkönig See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,690,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,728
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Production Co:

Allfilm, Making Movies Oy See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Finnish-Estonian film, but shot in Estonia. See more »

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Watchable, but gloomy and uneven
1 April 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

The director Petri Kotwica is the screenwriter as well and his "sitting on two chairs simultaneously" was apparently not a good idea: the plot is not running smoothly, there are several questionable moments and the ending is plain. At first, there is too big emphasis on PC gaming and 1+1 connection, then it suddenly becomes a twisted college film... And what about the scenes where a mother and a girlfriend do not recognise their son and boyfriend, respectively! Even dark cellars and dark periods in a Nordic country would cause this :)

As for the cast, all the main roles are performed by Finns and many supporting ones by Estonians - so much for a Finnish-Estonian joint project... The performers are okay, but nothing special, and apparently the director's desire to stress dark psychology overshadows "naturalism" of appearances.

Rat King is perhaps for (young) computer geeks, but I was not impressed. Nevertheless, quite okay for a less than 1,5 hours.


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