A prequel to the hit “In China They Eat Dogs,” which ended with most of the characters being gunned down, “Old Men in New Cars aka In China They Eat Dogs II” goes over the top in every way possible. Where the original movie, amid all its violence and black humor, had charm and genuine entertainment value, this one leaves a bad taste in the mouth, as well as being one of the most misogynistic Scandi films in recent years. The film has already become a box office success in Denmark.
On release from jail, Harald (Kim Bodnia) hooks up with old pals Peter (Tomas Villum Jensen) and Martin (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), and the trio go to Sweden, to help a convict escape from a high-security prison. The son of one of Harald’s best friends, said convict is Ludvig (Torkel Pettersson), imprisoned for raping and killing several women. Back in Copenhagen, the gang flunk a bank robbery, taking the innocent Mille (Iben Hjejle) as hostage, and then plot an ever bigger hold-up at an airport. The many action scenes are swiftly and professionally handled, and performances are all good.