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The Hanging Sun

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Noir crime drama has violence, domestic abuse, language.

Movie NR 2022 93 minutes
The Hanging Sun: Split image of headshots of Jessica Brown Findlay and Alessandro Borghi over a hill and lake landscape

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This Nordic crime drama is based on a book by popular Norwegian author Jo Nesbø. Yet despite the source material, The Hanging Sun is a dull affair that is as confusing as it is boring. All the elements are there: Set in a remote village where it's never night nor day; a hitman trying to escape his past; and an excessively-religious community that doesn't take too kindly to strangers. It also boasts an impressive cast with British actors Peter Mullan and Charles Dance among them. But even they can't save the film from the grips of boredom. There are also some bizarre directorial choices. None more so than the decision to give young Caleb a jarring posh English accent. Caleb explains it by saying it's his way of dealing with a non-existent stutter. Presumably this was an attempt to make the character interesting. Instead, and perhaps mercifully, it simply distracts you from the tedium of the disjointed plot.

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