The Purity of Vengeance


Crime / Mystery / Thriller

IMDb Rating 7.4 10 5649


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Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Carl Mørck
Fares Fares as Assad
Nicolas Bro as Brandt
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1hr 59 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by foutainoflife 8 / 10


I've only seen one other film from the Department Q series and both were good films. Once the film started, it just grabbed me and didn't let go. I'm not gonna spoil it so all I can say is give it a go if you like thrillers. I was pleased.

Reviewed by arungeorge13 7 / 10

A well-written, well-acted thriller that only lacks a FINAL JOLT! [+72%]

I had no clue that 'Journal 64' (or 'The Purity of Vengeance') was part of a series of films known as 'Department Q', before looking it up on IMDB (and that was after watching the movie). Well, even if it wasn't, the screenplay has added enough layers to its lead characters to make it a totally engaging fare. Assad, one of the cops in Dept. Q, is set to move to another division and his partners Carl and Rose are finding it hard to come to terms with his departure. The uncovering of a few mummified bodies behind the false wall of an apartment in Copenhagen brings an exciting case on the desk of Dept. Q once again.

On the side, in 1961, we are introduced to Nete (and how she ends up on The Girls' Home in Sprogø for 'the morally defective'), her roomie Rita, the fascist doctor Curt and his unsympathetic assistant Gitte Charles. The film provides a fair bit of an insight into the grim realities of what went down in that island facility, and it's definitely not for the faint-hearted. Does the past have a connection with the goings-on of the present? Watch the film to find out!

Adapted from the novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the screenplay packs enough thrills and punches to keep the viewer on their toes for the most part. A conspiracy is unraveled slowly; we realize the subplots aren't mere subplots. Every character shown on screen has at least one or more relevant scenes. That clearly indicates the screenplay's strength. With a cast that's already popular among Danish viewers, director Christoffer Boe had his job cut out to an extent. He has retained some of the gruesome details of Sprogø to reinstate how big of a terror-show it once used to be.

Incorporating elements from a past era into a film can sometimes come across as too dramatic and struggling to convey the right notion. Director Boe doesn't have any of it. The daunting flashback sequences at the facility are as thrilling as the duo (and their female colleague) trying to crack their case several years later. The crafting is excellent, the thrills very carefully placed. The plot, however, gets predictable beyond a point. The supposed twist in the tale isn't exactly what one would term 'remarkable', but in a thriller universe, I believe it fits.

The climax is a bit of a stretch too, with the extended scenes catering more to fans of the franchise than to the plot. If that doesn't bother you, you have a really good thriller in your hands. The camaraderie between the leads is also one of the reasons this film works so well. It has well-rounded protagonists (one of them fundamentally flawed, and for the right cinematic reasons!), above-par performances, detailed plotting, and just the right amount of thrills and action set-pieces that can make your weekend a wee bit more interesting!

What I immediately need to do is seek out the older counterparts to this movie and binge-watch them.

Reviewed by lizardjims 6 / 10

The weakest installment in an otherwise great movie series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Jussi Adler Olsen's ''Department Q'' novels, and I've greatly enjoyed all the seven books in the series so far. I think that the Danish film adaptations were almost perfect, casting two magnificent actors for the roles of Karl and Assad, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares (''Easy Money'', ''The Nile Hilton Incident'') and remaining faithful to the soul of the books, their bleak atmosphere and twisted villains. Unfortunately, ''Journal 64'' proved to be weaker than the previous three films, the best of them being ''A Conspiracy of Faith'', as it lacks in both pacing and plot. The story deals with a number of significant social problems that reach far back in Denmark's history such as the mandatory sterilization of socially disadvantaged women. As it happens in every ''Department Q'' series, we watch two narratives unfolding, one in the present with the investigation by the police and one in the past set in the remote island of Sprogø where a series of horrible experiments on innocent young women were committed. The investigation begins with the gruesome discovery of a sealed room in an apartment in Copenhagen where four embalmed bodies are found. Karl and Assad soon discover the link of the case with the shady history of Sprogø and the heartbreaking story of Nete Hermansen who lost her child and got sterilized by the repulsive doctor, Curt Wad. The main problem with this film is that it tries to tell a story of about 600 pages in two hours. As a result, a lot of qualities present in the book are absent because of the necessity of the limited running time. This problem is the main reason that the author of the novels, Jussi Adler Olsen, stated in an interview he gave that he hadn't seen any of the films and has no interest or participation to their production. The script seems to be hastily written and the scenes succeed one another in a synoptic manner, giving a contrived feeling of to the viewer. The tempo of ''Journal 64'' is rather flat and monotonous. The ending is anti-climactic, giving no real catharsis or satisfaction to the viewer and it is also not short of cliches that dominate crime films. The villain(s) is not convincing and nothing reminiscent of the vicious antagonists of the previous three installments. That being said'', Journal 64'' is an easy to watch film which can be entertaining especially if the viewer is not demanding and do not take the film seriously. The visual imagery is beautiful as in every film in the series, and the duo of the protagonists are great in their roles. If you are a fan of the novels or the previous trilogy, you don't want to miss it as it is the last movie in the series as the producers declared. Make sure though not to have high expectations and be ready to show leniency to the film's -many- flaws.

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