Øyevitne (meaning: Eyewitness) is a Norwegian thriller-drama in 6 parts about two small-town teenage boys who witness a massacre. A man was brought to the woods by a group of bikers, apparently to be executed, but he managed to disarm one of them and instead of being executed, he executed his executioners. The investigation is carried out by the foster mom of one of the two boys, but the boys are lovers in a community where homosexuality is not really accepted: they want to keep their relationship a secret and therefore decide not to tell anything to anybody …
This is one of the better Nordic thrillers I’ve seen in the recent past, but I do have some reservations. We get to see the face of the killer in the opening minutes, but only find out much later who he is and what the reasons for his planned execution were. It’s only after this revelation that the story really takes off. The first two or three episodes are rather convoluted, with too many characters and subplots. Once the cards are on the table the series had me hooked, but the finale is again a bit of a letdown. We seem to heading for a smashing climax, but all of a sudden it’s all over. In other words: Øyevitne is good ànd bad. A mixed bag.
Note: Øyevitne was remade for US Network as Eyewitness; both the original Norwegian series and the remake are available on DVD. Øyevitne is also available on You Tube (original version, English subtitles)