Hamilton (TV Mini-Series 2001) Poster

(2001)

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10/10
surprisingly good
marc24228 December 2003
Very good TV-Movie, with convincing acting by Peter Stormare. At first I simply mistook his Commander Hamilton for a typical "Bad Guy", but he really creates a complex and caring agent, who is riddled with guilt over his past actions.

A very different hero,who is (maybe for the first time) not a posterboy,but somebody you could easily mistake for a crook by his emaciated outer appearance.

Another pleasant surprise is definetly Mark Hamill,who portrays a very credible villain, sometimes a bit over the top,but still agreeable. Also interesting fact is,that his character is an ex-CIA agent,which is also rare in the thriller/action-movie genre.

Finally some congrats must go to the cinematographer, who really manages to catch the sheer depressiveness of the Russia of today. I really bought it. Great Stuff.

10 /10
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9/10
Mainly positive
Finne28 January 2003
It was a sheer coincidence that I happened to notice this one from the telly. A lucky coincidence, as it made me interested about the man himself, Mr. Stormare, and now I've seen many fine performances by him in other movies. Carl Hamilton was a familiar man for me, I have read some of the books, and enjoyed them - not greatly at all times, but enjoyed anyway. I did not see movie "Hamilton", of which I am happy, because this series must give so much more to the viewer than the movie. I had no expectations about the series, so I was not disappointed, vice versa. So, Commander Carl Hamilton of the Swedish Army Intelligence starts the mission to prevent nuclear missiles being smuggled from Russia... with the help of the Americans, Russians, and finally Palestinians. All sorts of things happen and the story wanders from Stockholm to Murmansk, Washington and Libya... A pleasant surprise that the Russians were not all crooks, I actually got a very soft spot for Yuri Chivartsev (Yevgeni Lasarev)! And Mark Hamill got many extra points doing the role of maniac Mike Hawkins - he surely did not remind me of Luke Skywalker in this one! Good for him! The only role that was a sort of disappointment to me was of Åke Stålhandske, played by our Mats Långbacka - I would have wanted to see the robustness of Åke... but, on the other hand, I blame the manus for that, as well as of those blunders in the logics. For those who blame Carl Hamilton being stiff - have you REALLY read the books? What do you expect of a man who lives in a "safe" country, amidst people who have no idea what dirty and dangerous things happen, what hideous things he is forced to do so that they could also remain safe? He's NOT an "American" hero, luckily! I think that Peter Stormare did a convincing and intensive role and one memorable moment is when Carl tells his bride Tess (Lena Olin, smallish but effective role) about the events on Russian tundra and gets on the verge of breaking down. Also the tension between him and Åke is very well played by both participants. And dozens of little things, gestures, glances, slipping from good American-English into heavy Swedish accent when agitated, etc., they "betray" Mr. Stormare to be a very talented and skillful actor.

Well, OK... this could have been "more Swedish" but I suspect this is much more rewarding to see than the actual movie. There are some mishaps and blunders in the story and all the characters are not very convincing, but if I can enjoy this even though I'm from Finland and this is made by Swedes (mostly), I think it's worth seeing. So if you folks in other countries get the chance to see this series, be my guests and use the opportunity, but DON'T LET THEM DUB! Subtitles are a fine invention!!!
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9/10
I was impressed
vesttu-211 September 2002
As a Scandinavian and a Finnish it was really interesting to follow this movie on TV. Thou it took two late nights to watch it was worth of staying awake. Swedish have ability to create some exceptional. I could feel Ingmar Bergman' atmosphere together with science fiction Star Wars. And all the coincidence, at the same day a terror suspected arrested in Västerås, Sweden. I wondered am I watching a science fiction or a document. The movie made me an impact I hardly could imagine, never enjoyed an action movie like this. Excellent!
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8/10
Nice Scandinavian Movie
Cenopath21 January 2002
A movie By the forthcoming Scandinavian director Harald Swartz, and it's nice to see that we scandinavians can make quality films every now and then. Got a couple of hours to kill, spending those on this movie is far from the worst way to use them :)
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