If all tv was like this, we wouldn't need cinema. The 1994 Danish mini-series directed by BREAKING THE WAVES director Lars Von Trier, about a haunted hospital that is wildly funny and in parts, downright spooky. Broken into 4 parts (each approx. an hour long), THE KINGDOM is fast paced and never boring. A review, which is quoted on the video's box calls it "like ER on acid". I can see where the reviewer is comming from but I feel that THE KINGDOM is too good to be compared with a show like ER. The film (it was shot on 16mm, so technically I can call it that) spends the majority of its time following the everyday happenings of the hospital. It's terribly funny and I would even go so far that if you couldn't cross categorize films, I'd call it a comedy. The main characters are as follows (Just to get an idea if you'd be interested in watching them for the 4 hrs + of THE KINGDOM, and since I don't like really ruining the plotline. Though the basics are all here in the character descriptions.):
Helmer - Asshole extrodinaire. New to the hospital, and hates everyone. Screwed up a brain operation on a small child and must try and cover it up.
Mrs. Drusse - Little old lady who keeps admiting herself into the hospital to get in contact with its spirits. Mother of Bulder.
Moesgaard - Head of the hospital, and a bit of a dim witted chap.
Hook - Doctor who can get you what you need. Him and Helmer don't get along so well. He also sees Judith.
Rigmor - The only person on earth who can find it in her heart to love Helmer.
Bulder - Mrs. Drusse's son, and hospital maintenance worker.
Hansen - Hospital maintenance worker, alongside Bulder.
Mary - Spirit of a long ago dead girl.
Bondo - Doctor with strong values concerning the human body, and its use for science.
Judith - Doctor who's seeing Hook. She's also pregnant by a man who left her.
Mogge - Moesgaar's son. Studying to be a doctor. Lusts after Camilla.
Dishwasher 1 - He washes dishes at the hospital. Sort of like a Greek chorus, only with downs syndrome.
Dishwasher 2 - Same as Dishwasher 1, only female.
Camilla - Runs the sleep study section of the hospital. Object of affection, of Mogge.
Aage Kr?ger - You'll see.
Mona - Little girl who was brain damaged under the knife of Helmer.
That should give you a good idea of what THE KINGDOM is about, and if you want to see it or not. I should hope that you do want to see it now, and will seek it out at your video store. I think it's fantastic, and one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in a while.
GO SEE IT FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!!!!!!
|All 7 of the Harry Potter Movies Explained in Seven Minutes|
|CoN XXX ze Moviez|
|The Last Dinosaur|
|Timelines: time travel in popular film and tv|
|Big Ass Spider|
|“If you really want to save the planet, you should die.”|
|“Cultured meat is finally on its way towards becoming a commercial reality.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Somebody Needs to Build a New Facebook Stat|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Bizarre Record Covers|
|When the Wrong Hastag Can Get You Killed by an Assassination Drone|
|“Lighter, more affordable, personal rapid transit: self-driving bikes.”|