Highly original and entertaining
- Riders of Justice review by AB
A Danish soldier (Mads Mikkelsen) returns from Afghanistan because his wife has been killed in a train crash. Then an amazing wild ride ensues. This film has an extraordinary combination of serious violence, comedy, pathos, philosophy and for good measure, probability theory. It also contains a lot of swearing and some sexual aspects. Mikkelsen is good as the damaged, taciturn soldier prone to violence. This is a highly original and very watchable film, although subtitled. Strongly recommended.
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Okay, but falls between two stools
- Riders of Justice review by TE
'Riders of Justice' is a bit of a mixed bag: there is an appealing originality in the gang of nerds who gather around Mads Mikkelsen's angry, revenge-driven commando (Markus) but there is also a dull predictability about the violence (a series of set pieces in which we are expected to believe that Mikkelsen's misfits kill over 30 members of a biker gang).
Everything to do with the computer nerds is funny and lively, but everything to do with Markus is heavy and wooden. It's the sort of role that Liam Neeson specialises in. Mikkelsen is really good in many roles but here he just looks as if he wants the whole thing to be wrapped up before anyone notices that he's in it.
Somewhere in between the geeks and the Rambo-figure are Markus's daughter and her boyfriend, and a young Ukrainian male sex worker.
Nobody does weird quite like the Scandi movie makers and there is plenty of scope for productive weirdness here. I just wish that they had backed themselves to mine that seam instead of loading up the gun play.
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Hidden gem - funny and smart.
- Riders of Justice review by SJ
Great performances from many actors you will know from shows like The Bridge, The Killing, Brittania, etc. What surprised me most was the amount of humour - very funny in parts. Notionally this looks like a Euro version of many many Hollywood revenge movies however it surpasses most of them for sure. Highly recommended - Give it a go!
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