Review: Trio – The hunt for a legendary treasure – Trio – Jakten på Olavsskrinet (2017)
Trio – The hunt for a legendary treasure – Trio – Jakten på Olavsskrinet (2017)
Directed by: Eva Dahr | 78 minutes | action, adventure, family, crime | Actors: Naomi Hasselberg Thorsrud, Bjørnar Lysfoss Hagesveen, Henrik Hines Grape, Franziska Tørnquist, Reidar Sørensen, Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, Per Kjerstad, Bjørn Bernt, Regine Stokkevåg Eide, Samantha Lawson, Ole Vidar Skogheim
‘Trio – The Hunt for a Legendary Treasure’ is about a group of teenagers who inadvertently come into contact with an internationally operating crime gang. A relic has recently been brutally stolen from a church and the culprit is likely someone known as ‘the shadow’. Friends Nora, Simen and Lars get involved in this theft when Nora’s grandfather gets his hands on a piece of the puzzle.
This Norwegian-made action movie takes off right away. Hardly any time is spent on introducing the characters, but that is because the target group in the country of origin has known the children for a long time. Fourteen-year-old Nora, fifteen-year-old Simen and sixteen-year-old Lars have already appeared on television for three seasons in the award-winning detective series of the same name. In ‘Trio – The Hunt for a Legendary Treasure’, the characters therefore remain a bit on the surface. There are some tensions between Nora and Simen, within five minutes of the start Nora ends the courtship. But of course, the trio must later work together to solve the mystery.
The story is – especially for those who have seen more of this type of Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones-esque films – a bit on the simple side. The bad guy – a girl in this case – has not too smart accomplices and a good reason for wanting to own the shrine of Saint Olaf, the treasure that it all revolves around (which actually existed in the time of the Vikings). and which is still diligently sought in the fjord of Agdenes). The twist is mainly in the relationship between Nora and her grandfather. Can he be trusted or not? That makes it just that little bit more exciting.
The trio, who get help from outsider Emma (who was also in seasons 2 and 3), manage to overcome one obstacle after another very easily. If this happened in real life, wheelchair nerd Lars would soon be offered a contract by an IT company because his hacking skills are unparalleled. That fact and the fact that the teens have access to everything – financial resources included – is a barrier to credibility, but it does keep the pace high. Add to that the fact that after seeing the beautiful Norwegian landscape you would book a one-way trip to Norway and that the young actors can get along well with their roles and you can conclude that the target group (9 – 13 year olds) is ‘ Trio – The hunt for a legendary treasure’ will never be boring. But you would have given them and the actors a better screenplay.