“Iceland, 1976. Six suspects confess to two violent crimes. This is the strangest criminal investigation you’ve never heard of.”

Director: Dylan Howitt
Streaming: Netflix
Release Date: 2017

I personally was inspired to start Out Of Thin Air when I began the crime thriller book The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. Just embracing the Norwegian and Icelandic culture I suppose.

This documentary on Netflix has a better premise than its execution. The story is interesting and the crimes connected without a doubt, but the main six subjects who make the story flow are not engaging. This is no one’s fault, but their testimonials do no pull you into the journey they all went through.

Out On Thin Air struggled to find its footing on what it wanted to highlight. Was it the police conduct? The media coverage? The possible murders? Or the victims themselves?

It is a fine documentary that passes the time but it is not going to have you doing secondary research or wanting to binge another documentary of the type.

STANKO RATING: C (2.5/5 Stars)


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