Carl Hamilton is a fictitious Swedish special agent, trained by the CIA, army SEAL, a character portrayed in a series of books by Jan Guillou, and this particular segment (from the book Coq Rouge) made it to the big screen!
Stellan Skarsgård plays Hamilton. He's assigned to the Stockholm police force (much to their protest) to deal with a rumored terrorist threat. They know it's going to happen, but where? When? Between authentic Stockholm scenery (you catch a glimpse of Stockholm's Police HQ at one point) and the sandy sceneries of Morocko, Hamilton tries to uncover a plot. There's a lot of chasing around; uncovering things, and little action, but when there is it's surprisingly professional. The character's are well-played, and the plot is solid, complete with unexpected twists and unwanted realism, but on the whole it feels like a somewhat mediocre movie.
Maybe because of realism. Maybe because I'm used to big explosions and special effects, and they didn't even do a panorama shot of the one big explosion in the movie. Probably because it wasn't as huge as it seemed to be - though they did a great job at making it seem as mighty as possible. This movie may not deliver more than a captivating crime case, but that being the case: it's not a bad case. I'd hoped for something a bit more explosive; a bit more uplifting, but if slice of life cop drama with occasional spice is what you like, this might be for you.
rated 3/5: not bad