Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgard) runs a snow plow operation in the frigid north of Norway. He is an honest, upstanding citizen and awarded by his town as such. His life will change when he learns that his son, Ingvar (Aron Eskeland), died of a drug overdose. Nils knows that his son was no junkie and, when he finds out what actually happened, he sets off on a one-man mission of revenge on those responsible “In Order of Disappearance.”
Cross “Taken” with “Fargo” and the result might just be “In Order of Disappearance,” a very dark revenge tale that also has some surprisingly black humor. The film begins with Nils plowing the road in his town. He may be a good man, but something is triggered within when the police refuse to investigate Ingvar’s death because he was “just another junkie.” Thus begins his mission to find those responsible and kill them.
Things start off with the right serious tone. But, as the body count rises, the dark humor kicks in when Nils takes down the members of the drug cartel that killed his son. As the death toll of gangsters grows, their boss, the Count, decides that the Serbian mob is responsible and plots a war against them. This decision, though wrong, does bring the Serbs, headed by the enigmatic Papa (Bruno Ganz), and the gang war begins. All the while, Nils continues his own war from the shadows.
“In Order of Disappearance” may not be a masterpiece, but it is a solid action thriller that has everyman, Nils, who must use all his wiles to take down the Norwegian mob. It is a popcorn kind of film that has something for everyone – except for the squeamish. I give it a B.
Laura gives "In Order of Disappearance" a B-.
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