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“EXIT PLAN” Choosing Your Own Death

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

An out of the ordinary premise comes with the release of Exit Plan a drama plagued with a mystery that turns an insurance investigator about face when he finds out he’s gravely ill. Nicely directed and acted, the film jumps right into the meat of the story working its way to the end with a twist. If you like your mysteries with a bit of puzzling doubt, then this one will have you guessing till the very end.

 

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Max Isaksen. Exit Plan arrives in Theaters and On VOD on June 12, 2020 CREDIT: Screen Media

Insurance investigator Max Isaksen has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and gets the bad news on the day of his 40th birthday. His wife Laerke is unaware of the problem and at dinner Max plans to tell her that it is terminal. But, dinner seems the wrong place to tell her especially since they are celebrating the birthday and there’s too many distractions.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Max Isaksen, Tuva Novotny as Lærke . Exit Plan arrives in theaters and on VOD on June 12, 2020 CREDIT: Screen Media

The next day a policy holder wants to claim on her missing husband who she feels is dead, but without seeing the body Max cannot accept her claim. Director and writer Jonas Alexander Arnby sets up a story intertwining the policy holder’s findings and the conflict within Max that puts him on a quest to get proof of the death and possibly solve his own fear of death.

The acting is good all-around and with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the lead as Max his performance helps keep the quirky plot compelling. Keeping his character mystified by his own quandary while trying to deal with his client is no easy task with this pervasive script, but he nails the role. Most should recognize Nikolaj as he played Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones from 2011 to the finale in 2019. He also appeared in Oblivion and Gods of Egypt.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Max Isaksen, Johanna Wokalek as Linda. Exit Plan arrives in theaters and on VOD on June 12, 2020 CREDIT: Screen Media

Exit Plan is not rated by the MPAA, but contains language, drug use and violence. It plays out in the Danish and English language with English subtitles.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A nicely crafted film that features good performances. (3.5 out of 5 Stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast:  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jan Bijvoet, Kate Ashfield
Directed by: Jonas Alexander Arnby
Language: Danish and English with subtitles
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language and violence
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Opening Date: June 12, 2020
Distributed by: Screen Media
Released in: Theaters (subject to availability so check your local listings). VOD

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