Watch: Kongekabale 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country’s largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray. At the same time, young, ambitious journalist, Ulrik Torp, is given the opportunity of a life time and made Dagbladet’s correspondent in Parliament. Before long, Ulrik gets caught up in a ruthless struggle for power headed by the party’s two successors to the leadership, chairman Erik Dreier and spokesman Lone Kjeldsen. Ulrik barely geets to dip his toes in the water, before all hell breaks loose. Speculation in the press and calculated lies fuel the controversy at great personal cost to many of the people involved. Ulrik slowly uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country’s incumbent Prime Minister. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth. But no one will listen to him, be it politicians or colleagues in the press corps, and as election day draws near, Ulrik has to face the power elite on his own..
Plot: Starting a new job as a political journalist at a leading newspaper, Ulrik Torp witnesses a brutal struggle for power in the Midparty’s ranks — a struggle that coincides with the charismatic party leader’s involvement in a near fatal car accident. A flurry of lies and media speculation surrounds the incident. Gradually, Ulrik unearths a ruthless conspiracy involving the incumbent prime minister.
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A real Danish player in the political thriller category
As with most Danish films of the last ten years the visual images are brilliant, the intrigue is impressive and the actors are very good.
But best of all is that the imagery of Kongkabale fits in well with the shady nature of politics suggested by the filmmakers. As a political thriller its right up there with The Contender, City Hall or All the Presidents Men (although you can’t really argue against the shadiness in the final one). But Kongakabale reaches the real heights because it doesn’t overplay corruption or evil and shows that no matter which side you might play for you will face ethical dilemmas.
The one criticism that one might have about this film is that one or two of the characters are perhaps overtly cynical but then even these few exceptions are definitely needed to take the story home.
Kongekabale has received rave reviews in all of the Danish newspapers and apparently, this is the prime achievement of the Danish film industry in the last couple of years. However, in my opinion, the film has several flaws, which makes it mediocre at best.
The biggest flaw is, like it said in another review on this page, that we don’t really care about the characters. This is because of the fact, that the characters are not fully explored, but are rather used as plot devices. Furthermore, they are all stereotypes. The two journalist are virtually copies of Woodward and Bernstein (“All the President’s men”), with one of them being a naive idealistic rookie journalist, and the other an experienced journalist who is fully aware of how rotten the system is. The spin doctor is also a stereotype with his slick appearance and behavior.
The worst character, however, is “the bad guy” played by Søren Pilmark. I have never seen a character who is so purely evil as he is. Not once in the film do we see any sign of a redeeming feature. He wants to become the prime minister at any price. We never believe in him as a realistic character, because he is so one-sided.
The script writer, the director and the actors have stated that this is a realistic view into the world of Danish politics. I find it difficult to believe that the Danish parliament is a place of greed and corruption of such gigantic Machiavellian proportions as this film claims. Even Oliver Stone who is considered by many to be a paranoid conspiracy theorist has a lot more nuances in his films, which makes the characters more believable. Unfortunately, this “golden age” of Danish cinema is characterized by black and white characters and stereotypes rather than originality and realism.
Original Language da
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Nikolaj Arcel
Writer Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, Niels Krause-Kjær
Actors Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel
Country Sweden, Denmark
Awards 13 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Nordisk Film Lab
Film Length 2,935 m
Negative Format 16 mm
Cinematographic Process (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)