DIR/: Hans Petter Moland • WRI: Kim Fupz Aakeson • PRO: Stein B. Kvae• DOP: Philip Øgaard • ED: Jens Christian Fodstad • MUS:Brian Batz, Kaspar Kaae, Kåre Vestrheim • DES: Jørgen Stangebye Larsen • CAST: Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz
Wow, where to begin with this great little Norwegian movie. A movie that must be seen to be believed, it might be well described as Taken with a sense of humour. On the face of it, it’s a by-the-numbers revenge flick, but one that has a wickedly twisted sense of humour, which is a delight to behold.
The film follows Nils, a highly respected member of his local community, who runs an agricultural machinery business. Nils’ son is found dead, and upon discovering that it was not, as first thought, an overdose, but a murder organised by a local crime boss named Junior, Nils goes on a murderous revenge mission. Junior starts to grow anxious as members of his crew start to slowly disappear, and, blaming a rival gang, he starts a war.
The film stars, and is produced by, Stellan Skarsgard, who will be very familiar to cinemagoers for his roles in Hollywood films such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Good Will Hunting. He and the rest of the cast do an excellent job, in what is most definitely an OTT film, which at times calls for some ludicrously OTT acting.
The ingredients are there for this movie to be lazily labelled Tarantinoesque, the stylized violence, the dark humour and even the Pop culture references, but there’s something very different about this movie, that I suspect has something to do with a very specific Nordic sensibility that I can’t quite put my finger on.
There’s no doubt that this movie is not for the faint hearted, but my god is it good fun. This is a movie that has something in it for almost everyone. Warning!! Be prepared to laugh at things that you probably shouldn’t laugh at.
15A (See IFCO for details)
In Order of Disappearance is released 12th September 2014