VOD REVIEW: Exit Plan a diverting when it could have been cerebral

The career trajectory of of Game Of Thrones alum Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been an interesting one.

From playing the layered Jamie Lannister to roles in Swedish classic Headhunters, horror fare like Mama, and playing a philandering husband in the awful The Other Woman, his choices have been all over the place.

Indies like prison drama Shot Caller hit the mark, but here with assisted-suicide thriller Exit Plan, he makes yet another wrong turn.

It follows Max — who has chosen to visit the Hotel Aurora resort, a place that helps people with assisted suicide fantasies. With a walnut-sized tumor in his head, he’s determined to die on his terms.

But a sadness over leaving his lover, Laerke (wonderfully played by Tuva Novotny) behind causes him pause. What he doesn’t realize though, is that once you’re in Aurora, you can’t get out.

A film that for the first hour felt cerebral, intimate, and had an Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind vibe had something going for it. But in the end, we’re left with twists, turns and horrors we never really needed.

Once again, the push of a film into a genre that does the story wrong in the service of cheap trickery ruins what Exit Plan did have going for.

It’s a missed opportunity on a film that could have been a hell of a drama, had it been in better hands than director Jonas Alexander Arnby.

Exit Plan is parts of two different films, struggling to find the proper footing. One just wishes it went the other way this time.

2/5 Stars

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