Second Chance, A; Drama Meets Thriller In Susanne Bier’s Film
Second Chance, A. Film Details.
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen
Release Date: 2015
Release Format: DVD/Blu-ray
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 102 mins
Police detectives Andreas and Simon are called to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple. When Andreas finds their infant in a closet, he slowly loses his grip on justice, and Simon has to restore his balance between right and wrong.
A Second Chance is a thriller written by Anders Thomas Jensen and directed by Susanne Bier that came out worldwide throughout 2015 and 2016.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Andreas
Maria Bonnevie as Anna Thomsen
Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Tristan
Ulrich Thomsen as Simon
Thomas Bo Larsen as Klaus
Ewa Froling as Ingrid
Peter Haber as Gustav
Charlotte Fich as Dommer
From Brothers to Things We Lost in the Fire and her latest Serena, Susanne Bier’s filmography has always been about human relationships. A Second Chance stands as a grim story about loss and how you handle it. It’s an impressive drama with shocking images of deterioration, drugs and domestic violence.
From a script of Bier’s filmmaking partner Jensen, A Second Chance tells the story of the officer Andreas having to adopt a course to give back life to his wife and family. The conflict of seeking happiness brings Andreas to an obscure path where he neglects its repercussions. Andreas’ partner Simon plays a key character in the story when he comes to the rescue and helps Andreas think straight on what he should and shouldn’t do.
The cinematography is splendid with the use of grey colour shades to put the viewer right into the atmosphere of the narrative. What’s great about Bier’s film is how it keeps you guessing from the beginning what will happen. Unfortunately by the suspenseful music throughout the first act you already get the sense of something wrong will happen… it doesn’t produce the startling reaction with the intensity it should receive but it still delivers and the story doesn’t become boring from that moment on, which is fascinating.
A Second Chance brings Nikolaj Coster-Waldau back to its roots. Game of Throne’s Lannister delivers a dynamic performance and his representation of a disturbed parent is striking and believable. Bier’s A Second Chance focuses on the family issues and how as humans we behave during unbearable situations… What we assume is the best option or the best approach to handle with that might be the one with the worst consequences.
If you’re a fan of Bier’s filmography or a fan of dramas with emotion, raw and powerful messages, you will mostly enjoy A Second Chance. Worth a look.