The Keeper Of Lost Causes – Film Review

The Keeper Of Lost Causes - Film Review


Danish thriller will satisfy your blood lust for Scandinavian crime drama

This Scandi-noir thriller, based on the first of the Department Q potboilers by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, delivers slow burn chills. Directed by Mikkel Norgaard it’s adapted for the screen by Nikolaj Arcel who wrote the screenplay for the 2009 Swedish film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

When homicide cop Carl (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) returns to work after a disastrous mission has left him hospitalised he’s put in charge of Q and given a cold cases file of “lost causes” stretching back 20 years. He’s got the shakes, his wife has left him, his partner’s paralysed and he’s been demoted.

We’re soon sucked in with Carl, via intriguing flashbacks, as he investigates the apparent suicide of a young woman. Featuring a Saw-style death trap and psychological twists it might not be a big budget movie adaptation but fans of the best seller, and those with a blood lust for Scandinavian crime dramas that must be sated, will be entertained.

Dan Brightmore


Director: Mikkel Norgaard
Release date: 29 Aug, 2014