Set Point

If nothing else, dull thriller "Set Point" proves that Estonians can produce slickly assembled, badly written, late-night cable fodder just like any other European nation. Making his helming debut with this, Ilmar Taska displays only rudimentary skill with suspenser mechanics. Commercially, pic's game looks set for an early forfeit.

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With: Carmen Kass, Peter Franzen, Mariya Avdyushko, Pritt Voigemast, Veikko Taar.

If nothing else, dull thriller “Set Point” proves that Estonians can produce slickly assembled, badly written, late-night cable fodder just like any other European nation. Making his helming debut with this, after co-penning the poorly received “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” Ilmar Taska displays only rudimentary skill with suspenser mechanics, and even less with actors and dialogue. Commercially, pic’s game looks set for an early forfeit.

On a summer’s eve in Tallinn (original title literally means “we will not sleep tonight,”), bad cop Harri (Finnish actor Peter Franzen) arranges a hit on his rich wife Evelin (Mariya Avdyushko). But at her local cafe, philandering tennis player Leo (Veikko Taar) gets it in the chest instead, a hit witnessed by Evelin, Leo’s g.f. Alis (Dior-model Carmen Kass, leered over by the camera) and teenager Kristofer (Pritt Voigemast). Harri hires the hit men to take out all three, but their prey give them the run around all over town. While Roy Andersson’s usual d.p. Istvan Borbas acquits himself well with the noirish lensing, editing credited to the respected Michael Duthie is an embarrassment, particularly pic’s use of flashbacks for incidents that happened just moments before.

Set Point

Market / Estonia

Production: A Taska Prods., Zodiac Capital production. (International sales: Estonian Film Foundation, Tallinn.) Produced by Kris Taska. Co-producer, Harold Nathan. Directed by Ilmar Taska. Screenplay, Jaan Tatte, Taska, Mihkel Ulman, Kris Taska.

Crew: Camera (color), Istvan Borbas; editor, Michael Duthie; music, Sven Grunberg, David Bergeaud; art director, Kalju Kivi; costumes, Mare Raidma. Reviewed on videocassette, London, July 26, 2004. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 95 MIN.

With: With: Carmen Kass, Peter Franzen, Mariya Avdyushko, Pritt Voigemast, Veikko Taar.

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