The Second Chance – Film Review

The Second Chance - Film Review

Score

Danish thriller starring 'Game Of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has too many overwrought moments

This Danish thriller from Susanne Bier, director of 2010’s Oscar-winning In A Better World, has a far-fetched but potentially gripping premise. When police officer Andreas (Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his wife Anne (Norwegian-Swedish actress Maria Bonnevie) wake up to find their newborn baby has died in the night, a panicking, grief-stricken Andreas decides to swap their deceased infant with one that’s being raised neglectfully by a local junkie couple. Coster-Waldau’s performance as the conflicted Andreas is brilliantly intense, but too many key moments feel clichéd and overwrought. Even a powerful and well-executed twist can’t rescue Bier’s sadly botched drama.