Anders Thomas Jensen’s movie is far-fetched, tonally wayward and shouldn’t paintings in any respect, however in some way all of it comes in combination
The poster symbol of a grey-bearded, shaven-headed, tooled-up, mean-looking Mads Mikkelsen, blended with that identify, may set alarm bells ringing … alongside the traces of, “Oh no, he’s doing a Taken.” Blessedly, quite than giving us a straightahead middle-aged revenge mystery, this unpredictable Danish movie takes aside the entire trope. There are motion thrills, to make sure, however they’re folded into what turns into a form of staff treatment consultation at the psychology of grief, guilt, vengeance, likelihood and twist of fate. Much more blessedly, it’s incessantly hilarious.
Mikkelsen performs Markus, an army commander who’s recalled from Afghanistan when his spouse is killed in a educate crash. He may have a specific set of abilities, as Liam Neeson would put it, however emotional intelligence isn’t considered one of them. Markus refuses counselling and struggles to hook up with his teenage daughter. Thankfully, alongside comes Otto (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a maths geek who came about to be at the identical educate as Markus’s spouse. He’s accompanied by means of eccentric sidekicks Lennart (Lars Brygmann), and Emmenthaler (Nicolas Bro). They’re satisfied the crash was once now not an coincidence however a centered killing hooked up to a violent biker gang.