In Order of Disappearance
Directed by Hans Petter Moland
Upstanding community leader Nils has just won an award for "Citizen of the Year" when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, and soon finds himself at the center of an escalating underworld gang war between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as “The Count.”
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★★★★ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd
Ikke den første norske filmen om en brøytebilsjåfør jeg har sett, men definitivt den beste.
Og fy faen! Hvorfor selger de ikke Froot Loops på sørlandet?!?
★★★★ review by Jonathan White on Letterboxd
March Around the World 2018 Edition
Film #8 - Norway
I love Stellan Skarsgård
Often playing an irascible jerk, there’s always something special that bubbles up under all that crust. My favourite role of his was the somewhat befuddled hitman Ulrik, just released from prison, and now being reintroduced into criminal society in the brilliant A Somewhat Gentle Man. I guess I love that one not just because Skarsgård plays against type, but rather that he plays a character much like the many others he’s played, but possibly seen from another light … a sympathetic light.
In Order of Disappearance grafts the kinder, gentler, Skarsgård into a Death Wish like revenge actioner. His character, Nils ( with the unfortunate surname of Dickman .. a fact not lost on his new found enemies ) with spectacular results. Dark as coal humor elevates the film above what would otherwise be standard action fare, but it’s subdued, and never tries to take centre stage.
Being Canadian, It gave me a special kind of pleasure that our protagonist uses a snow plow as his weapon of choice.
★★★★ review by Steve G on Letterboxd
I think I like the cut of Hans Petter Moland's jib.
The blackly comic crime stylings of the splendid A Somewhat Gentle Man are replicated to a certain extent for In Order Of Disappearance. The difference here is that the comedy is transferred from another Stellan Skarsgård weight-of-the-world riddled character pretty much wholesale to the villains of the piece.
The comedy is also a lot darker and this is, really, more of a serious crime drama than anything. That's not to say it's not very funny in parts because it is, with the final death of the film being an outstanding piece of recalling not to mention the reaction of the wife of Skarsgård's brother when they bury him. But the comedy is not at the centre of this film, it's more off to the side like a green salad or something.
This is more or less a vigilante drama that turns rather sharply into a duel between two drugs factions that Skarsgård unwittingly puts in motion. Delightfully, Bruno Ganz pops up as the head of the Serbian side here, adding an extra touch of class to the whole film, while it's Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen as the head of the carrot juice drinking opposition gang that gets most of the film's funnier moments.
Like with the aforementioned film, there's a poignancy to it all that worked really well. Skarsgård's only reason for living is tracking down who killed his son, a fact that Moland puts across brilliantly by isolating his lead from most of the rest of the characters in this film, and there's a lot of commentary about family units here that adds a fair amount of melancholy to what is going on.
I think I have more to say about this but that's all I can contribute for now because I'm nodding off and if I leave it until tomorrow then I'll have forgotten everything and my entire review would be "Ooh snow!" But this is a really fine, splendidly acted and marvellously plotted film and I hope that Moland has plenty more of them where they came from. And he can put Skarsgård in all of them as far as I'm concerned.
★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Stellan Skaarsgard goes all Charles Bronson when they mess with his family. He has an industrial snowplow business, a very important man if you're living in Norway, citizen of the year. But now he's all about killing a major cocaine dealer and starting a major gangster war between Norwegians and Serbs. Brutal action and a heavy dose of the blackest humor makes this more than just another revenge story. It's on Netflix. Check it out.
★★★★½ review by DMB on Letterboxd
Stellan Skarsgård entra directo al número 1 del ranking "Charles Bronson del Siglo XXI". In order of disappearance combina violencia y humor negro de manera magistral, me ha dejado con ganas de mas material del duo HP Moland/S Skarsgård.
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