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"Operation Napoleon" - movie review

Iv'e never been the biggest fan of anything involving World War 2 and Nazis unless its exploitative. Though in the last few years some very smart and visceral action thrillers involving the body and remains of Hitler have surfaced. One is the outstanding flick from Óskar Thór Axelsson OPERATION NAPOLEON. You are immersed in the action from the start and it never lets go. OPERATION NAPOLEON also does this amazing job of blending the old and the new. New technologies and new kills on the search for an old piece of history that brings a shift in global dominance.

OPERATION NAPOLEON follows a young attorney (Vivian Ólafsdóttir) who receives a video from her brother (Atil Oskar Fjalarsson) while out shredding the glaciers in Iceland. The video may seem harmless and quite the find, but it becomes something more sinister and terrifying than she can imagine. This was such a sneaky good thriller it kept me eagerly anticipating the conclusion.

One of the standout portions of OPERATION NAPOLEON was the amazing fighting and action choreography. I assumed the film would be filled with war nerds on satellite laptops, but these people were killers. When you find out what they are searching for you understand why. OPERATION NAPOLEON is the type of film that would make your grandfather proud. It's filled with myth, history and intrigue. All tied up in a nice bow filled with political corporation and underground border secrets. What's not to like?

While there isn't anything overall creative it shouldn't deter you from watching. OPERATION NAPOLEON invokes plenty of secret war movies. From HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER to VALKYRIE this is the type of thriller that satisfies the history buff in us all!



Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson

Written by Arnaldur Indriðason, Marteinn Thorisson

Starring Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Jack Fox, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Iain Glen

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