Thriller "Game Over" tries fancy footwork but drops the ball too often. Tale of a spoiled Finnish rich kid who pulls a heist that goes wrong half-heartedly attempts to indict the shallow values of a generation, but has about as much resonance as a car commercial. Close of play came quickly at the B.O. after pic's bow last summer in Finland.

Thriller “Game Over” tries fancy footwork but drops the ball too often. Tale of a spoiled Finnish rich kid who pulls a heist that goes wrong half-heartedly attempts to indict the shallow values of a generation, but has about as much resonance as a car commercial. Close of play came quickly at the B.O. after pic’s bow last summer in Finland.

Wannabe evil genius, teen Kimi (Reino Nordin), manages a floor ball team (a kind of iceless hockey). Team’s players include his three best friends — HooPee (Julius Lavonen), Valtteri (Jarkko Niemi), and Riko (Juuso Pekkinen). Kimi manipulates them into killing shady sponsor Pertii Illola (Tapio Liinoja) for a suitcase full of cash, but Kimi’s hubris naturally becomes his undoing, especially when he loses the loyalty of his hitherto compliant g.f. Salla (Lilli Aro). Helmer Pekka Lehto (“Tango Cabaret”) and company deploy splitscreens, desaturated stock and lots of flashy editing techniques to render the unwieldy flashback structure, but the script remains trite and the thesping fairly basic. As per Nordic custom, film features some fairly explicit sex despite being aimed at the teen market.

Game Over

Finland-Sweden-U.K.

Production

A KinoFinlandia Oy production, in association with GotaFilm AB (Sweden)/ Globe Entertainment (U.K.). (International sales: KinoFinlandia Oy, Helsinki, Finland.) Produced by Nik Hedman, Pekka Lehto, Christer Nilson. Executive producer, Sevi Siljola. Directed by Pekka Lehto. Screenplay, William Aldridge, Jaakko Heinimaki, Juha Siltala, Pekka Lehto.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Kasimir Lehto; editor, Joona Louhivuori; music, Mew and Mauri Sumen. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (Nordic Light), Feb. 2, 2006. Finnish dialogue. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Reino Nordin, Julius Lavonen, Juuso Pekkinen, Jarkko Niemi, Lilli Aro, Karoliina Blackburn, Aimo Rasanen, Maria Jarvenhelmi, Tapio Liinoja, Joonas Saartamo.

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