The Trip (2021) – Review

Lars (Aksel Hennie) and Lisa (Noomi Repace) are a dysfunctional married couple heading to a remote cabin in an attempt to reconnect as a pair and rekindle their love. However, each actually have the intention to kill the other, but before either can carry out their plan of execution, an unexpected turn of events occur, and visitors arrive to present an even greater danger. This new addition to the Netflix streaming service suits the time of the year well and certainly wasn’t the worst release of 2021.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Tommy Wirkola, Nick Ball, John Niven
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Noomi Repace, Atle Antonsen, Christian Rubeck, Andre Eriksen

If I’m not mistaken, The Trip, also known as I Onde Dager in its native Norway, may be the first Norwegian produced film to hit the website. This wacky and at times wild movie certainly didn’t lack originality, with the filmmakers also blending a multitude of genres within the one-hundred and thirteen-minute runtime. Labelled as an action, comedy, horror and thriller, I can safely say the flick managed to tick all four of those boxes.

As previously touched upon, one of the more positive aspects of The Trip was the originality that it managed to present. There were some really interesting twists and turns along with some unexpected moments of drama and suspense too, with the horror element of the story coming in the form of bloody gore moments, rather than traditional scare scenes that horror fans are more accustomed to. For that reason, the flick certainly wasn’t for the faint hearted as some of the special effects were tough to watch at times.

The comedy aspect probably wasn’t for everyone, with some of it being extremely dark, something however, you’d have to expect when heading into a film of this nature. Some viewers would even argue that many of the comedic moments were overshadowed by the sheer amount of grotesque and outlandish scenes that the filmmakers included.

In terms of the acting, Aksel Hennie and Noomi Repace starred as the two lead figures, Lars and Lisa respectively, commanding the majority of screentime. Atle Antonsen, Christian Rubeck and Andre Eriksen featured later in the flick, all three adopting the roles of the “unexpected visitors” that arrived to cause chaos, later in the flick.

All in all, The Trip won’t be winning any international film awards anytime soon, but the movie did provide an escape from reality for almost two hours, with some effective gore moments along with a fair amount of comedy thrown into the mix too. This Norwegian release is now streaming on Netflix.

“I thought we should go to the cabin. Get away.”

Lars – The Trip

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