Friday, December 2, 2016

In Order of Disappearance

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

Dad Tracks Down Dead Son's Drug Dealers in Scandinavian Splatterfest

Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgard) had no idea his son Ingvar (Aron Eskeland) was a heroin addict until the day the young man was murdered by acouple of ruthless dealers who made it look like an overdose. Rather than take the loss lying down, the deceased's grieving dad decides to track down not only the killers but also the drug kingpin (Pal Sverre Hagen) who ordered the hit.

As it turns out, The Count has a slew of sidekicks running interference for him. But surprisingly, an army of goons prove to be no match for Nils, a mild-mannered milquetoast who was recently-crowned "Man of the Year" for servings as his town's reliable snowplow driver. Somehow, he morphs into a merciless vigilante who has no qualms about slaying all the henchmen standing between him and the elusive crime boss.
Thus unfolds In Order of Disappearance, a grisly revenge thriller directed by Norway's Hans Petter Moland. The movie reunites Moland with Stellan Skarsgard with whom he first collaborated in 2010 on A Somewhat Gentle Man.
This picture walks a fine line between macabre drama and dark comedy, given how the vindictive protagonist takes to butchery as the attrition rate.escalates. Then, when warned that he'll have to take on a vicious gang of Serbs along the way, Nils even enlists the assistance of his estranged, ex-con brother (Peter Andersson).
Fortunately, The Count has a son, Rune (Jack Sodahl Moland), who could conveniently come in handy as irresistible bait if successfully kidnapped from school. That ploy might finally flush his diabolical dad out of hiding, allowing for a satisfying evening of the score during a decidedly gruesome resolution.
A Scandinavian splatterfest staining the snow-capped mountainsides of an otherwise-breathtaking Norwegian wonderland!

Very Good (3 stars)
Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity
In Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Serbian and German with subtitles
Running time: 118 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment

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