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Priest of Evil (2010)

Harjunpää & pahan pappi (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 29 October 2010 (Finland)
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Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpää of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit is an honest and conscientious cop;one of the city's very best;who loses his daughter in tragic circumstances. Despite ... See full summary »


Olli Saarela


Matti Yrjänä Joensuu (novel), Leo Viirret (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Franzén ... Rikosylikonstaapeli Timo Harjunpää
Irina Björklund ... Elisa Harjunpää
Sampo Sarkola ... Johannes Heino
Jenni Banerjee ... Rikoskonstaapeli Onerva Nykänen
Rosa Salomaa ... Paulina Harjunpää
Niilo Syväoja Niilo Syväoja ... Matti
Jorma Tommila ... Matias Krankke
Ville Virtanen ... Rikoskomisario Mäki
Tommi Korpela ... Kengu
Maria Järvenhelmi ... Cessi
Petri Manninen Petri Manninen ... Johanneksen naapuri
Kalle Holmberg Kalle Holmberg ... Luennoitsija
Ville Saksela Ville Saksela ... Jere Maastola
Inka Kallén ... Jaana Yasin
Reino Nordin Reino Nordin ... Skini


Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpää of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit is an honest and conscientious cop;one of the city's very best;who loses his daughter in tragic circumstances. Despite the support he receives;Timo is unable to recover from his loss. Written by Anonymous

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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

29 October 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Priest of Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »


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€1,775,330 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Unrealistic and overplayed
22 April 2014 | by airsnobSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why this movie got great reviews. It's a big budget film, that is for sure. For me, movies have to make sense. Even when Zombies are running around; the key is I BELIEVE it for an hour and a half. Even with the large budget, the great actors , kinda a cool plot, the holes were enormous. Way too stylized, like this movie is trying way too hard to be cool. For instance, the police department. Have you ever seen police men that look like the metal version of GQ magazine covers? No. Either have I. Other holes? No police officer has a radio. Like to call in for back up. Oh ya. They are finding out where the serial killer is- and- going after him alone, with never a call in to say, " hey. I found the most wanted man in Finland. Ya. I'm in his living room. He just disappeared somewhere in this house, and I'm gonna go try to find him." Nope. This detective, in his leather pants is going after him alone. The movie is filled with extreme examples of idiocy like this through out. Also- way too much character development. The movie is about a serial killer. Not a distraught wife ( who by the way, also makes no sense. She apparently is holding into a major two year grudge against her super awesome husband for being a total hero the night he was supposed to pick up his daughter at a concert and was a little late , which that also was never said, I just read it in the synopsis and was like " OH!!! That's why she was so mad!" ) the whole thing just wasn't believable, the motives, the arguments, the snobby daughter, the daughters vicious murderer, who was just some metal head on a RACE BIKE , who while hanging out with ten other complete metal head psychopaths , decided to rape and brutally murder the daughter at a concert, for absolutely no reason, and THEN, gets out of prison, a mere TWO years later. Then, the husband/ father / detective follows him and kidnaps him and takes him back to the exact spot his daughter was murdered, to kill him ( I guess?) but mysteriously, his faithful and beautiful partner ( who he never has sex with , even though his wife hasn't had sex with him since his daughter died, figures out by osmosis exactly where he is and what he is doing by finding an article on his desk about the release date of the daughters killer and goes and saves him from making a huge mistake at the last minute. Ya. Right. I pretty much think that everyone who liked this movie is a total moron, or was smoking something when they watched it. Skip it. And I love Scandinavian film. I was more than disappointed.

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