The film holds the viewer’s attention from the nice opening sequence to the end credits, has an okay if rather formulaic story with moments of humor, and is competently directed by Harald Hamrell; however, it is only occasionally really engaging, such as during the well-staged, appropriately exciting car chase and the climax. In this case, the fact that the movie feels longer than its 91-minute running time should be seen as a compliment.
An important but not exactly unexpected revelation about the personal life of one of the central characters is too clichéd to have much of an effect on the viewer. Beck: The Eye of the Storm contains a couple of interesting facts pertaining to the safety of Swedish nuclear power plants—I did not know that the guards are unarmed because of a political decision—but they are not delivered in the most elegant of ways.
Mikael Persbrandt seizes the opportunity to flesh out Gunvald Larsson and brings a certain charisma to his character. As Martin Beck, Peter Haber has little to do in this installment, but he gives an adequate performance that gets the job done. Kim, the most sympathetic character in the film, is played by Kirsti Eline Torhaug, who is very good here. Ingvar Hirdwall’s brief appearance as Beck’s quirky neighbor adds color to the proceedings.
(Original title: Beck – I stormens öga.)