Mads Mikkelsen stars in Anders Thomas Jensen’s Riders Of Justice and just like their previous collaborations, it is pure gold.
After losing his wife in a train accident, soldier Markus (Mikkelsen) returns home from war to bury her and try and to look after his only daughter. When a passenger that was on the same train starts to see strange patterns, he is convinced that the death of Markus’ wife was far from an accident. Markus then teams up with his unusual gang of oddball outcasts and goes after the ones responsible.
If you hear the names Jensen and Mikkelsen together then you already know that we are going to get a hugely entertaining piece of work.
Everything they have done together has been nothing less than pure independent cinematic gold. And Riders of Justice proves this point further. It has a bit of everything. And to be honest, it was way more violent than I thought it would be. Not that Riders of Justice has an insane amount of violence but it certainly outweighs the drama and comedy which, by the way, are also fantastically written.
Markus is a badass that shows very little emotion even after hearing the news of his wife’s death. His relationship with his daughter is falling to pieces as she needs someone to grieve the loss of her mother. But Markus is dead to the world, drowning in his unresolved anger issues.
It is the other characters that make up this story so well. His new gang of oddball friends are hilarious, sometimes reminding me of Monty Python humour. But their presence is doing Markus good. He is starting to relax and finally starting to connect with his daughter…even if the man is an unstoppable killing machine.
Riders of Justice is now available. Go check it out. As always, thanks for reading.
Article by GG
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