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Bachelor party gone bad


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In Blasted, a bachelor party goes bad and then good again with no less than an alien invasion.

John Smistad
Olympia, Wash.

Synopsis: A former childhood friend crashes Sebastian’s bachelor party, then makes it all about himself. Only an alien invasion can make them put aside their rancor and reunite as the legendary laser-tag champions they once were. 

My review:

Sci-Fi. Action. Sure. But don’t call the Norwegian alien invasion romp Blasted a stoner comedy. No sparking up scene to be seen (at least on screen, you see).

Everybody is on there game and in on the joke here. Sebastian and Mikkel are two estranged pals celebrating the former’s bachelor party. Also in attendance at the soiree is renowned business investor Kasper. Sebastian is dead-set on impressing the pants off the obnoxious jillionaire, anxious, and desperate to cultivate considerable cash for his company.

But before this bach bash barely begins to blow up, the long-parted pair are forced to play a mean match of laser-tag with alien zombies, hell-bent on overtaking the oddball valley of Hessdalen. And so commences the non-stop silliness. Orchestrated most dexterously by director Martin Sofiedal, the guffawing gags and cartoonish calamity score ceaselessly with scads of direct hits to the funny bone.

Writer Emanuel Nordrum has scripted a story chock-full of laugh-out-loud one-liners that had this reviewer chuckling and chortling cheerfully throughout. Helplessly at times.

A subset smattering of such (those fit for print, that is).

“People are still called Pelle?”

“Seriously, how can you go on with your bachelor party after seeing a basement full of corpses?”

“We’re actually not a stupid city. We’re a valley, all right?”

“Can we still get hot cocoa?”

“The observatory’s full of bodies.”

“And you’re only telling me this now?!”

“Yeah, I guess I should’ve mentioned it.”

“Those things can’t be safe for kids.”

Resultant recommendation: Turn off your mind, relax, and get  “Blasted.”

It’s the bomb.

Blasted streams on Netflix.

This article originally appeared in the February 2024 issue of The Norwegian American.

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John Smistad

John Smistad is a published author of short stories, poems, essays, and movie reviews. He lives and loves with his family and cat in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. He is the fiercely proud son of a native Norwegian dad. (He loves his mom, too.) You can follow him as on his blog at