A misjudged scene depicting an acid attack fatally undermines this drama about radicalisation and anti-Muslim nationalism
Sons of Denmark is the debut feature of Danish director Ulaa Salim, drawing on his observations of that country as the child of Iraqi-born parents. It is a strange film and, having found it initially engaging and even quite exciting, I came away with a strange taste in my mouth.
This is a conspiracy thriller with a plot that takes you to unexpected places. But it doesn’t live up to the (high) expectations engendered by its opening act – and then the film simply left me behind with a crassly violent and questionably conceived acid-attack scene, targeted at a woman, there to facilitate a revenge flourish that does not close down the narrative in any satisfactory way.
Sons of Denmark review – conspiracy thriller takes a shocking turn