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Dan Carrier’s movie news: The Belko Experiment and The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki

13 April, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

John Gallagher Jr and Adria Arjona in The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment, directed by Greg McLean (certificate 18), is a thriller set in the offices of the Belko Corporation in the Columbian capital of Bogota. It tells a story of how the firm’s employees hear a spooky voice over the company intercom, warning them that they have just half an hour to nominate a pair of them to face a sticky end… Previous good work chums become enemies as a vicious battle for survival, with a hint of Lord of the Flies, gets going. Unlikely alliances are formed as staff discover their will for survival. Starring John Gallagher Jnr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, it’s a play on the grisly world of office politics with the addition of some big, nasty violent sequences.

Jarkko Lahti in Olli Mäki

FINNISH boxing hero Olli Mäki had a pop at the World Boxing Association featherweight title in 1962, and The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen (certificate 12a), tells his story in the build-up to his fight with American champ Davey Moore. Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) is a small-town amateur-turned-professional whose manager Elis Ask (Eero Milonoff) manages to arrange a showdown at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium. The film follows his preparations, which include falling for love interest Raija (Oona Airola), and dealing with a media circus as he desperately tries to lose some weight to meet the requirements of the bout.

The film was greeted warmly at festivals around the world – it won an award at Cannes – and doesn’t adhere to usual boxing drama. This is no Nordic Rocky.

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