Movie Review – Riders of Justice (2020)


Riders of Justice, 2020.

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen.
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Brygmann, Nicolas Bro, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt, Morten Suurballe, Jesper Ole Feit Andersen, Jacob Ulrik Lohmann, Rikke Louise Andersson, Gustav Dyekjæ Birgitte Lind.



Soldier Mark, a sent soldier, must go home to his teenage daughter Mathilde when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be a mere misfortune – but it turns out that it may have been a carefully organized assassination from which his wife ended up as an occasional victim.


It all started with a stolen bike. Teenager Mathilde (Andrea Heick Gadeberg) has put yellow sticky notes on the entire bedroom wall as a flowchart. It analyzes the consequences of every action that led to a tragic train explosion that left him unharmed but took his mother. A bike stolen in a nutshell delayed Mathilde’s access to school in time, which caused her mother to drive her, but this also made her call her supportive mother and ice-cold soldier Markus (Mads Mikkelsen, shouting an ungodly amount of ass here), where he only revealed that he was unlikely to come home until three months, as a result of which the school is skipped together and the above-mentioned doomed train journey is taken.

In other words, Mathilde takes her heart into the words of the funeral, the cliché speech that everything happens for a reason. Riders of Justice disagrees, introduces the Otto and Lennart couple (Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lars Brygmann), who believe that each event correlates with the other. There is rhyme and reason, and they can all be determined in advance using mathematical data. Naturally, they begin to investigate the train explosion, and may not reveal any concrete, detailed evidence in the process. Still, suffice it to continue statistically that everyone had organized the murder of a high-level member of the nominal Riders of Justice set who was to testify in court against his leader. They combine Emmenthaler (Nicolas Bro), a third false computer visually obese, with advanced facial recognition technology to find and locate the probable culprit.


Here, the eccentric trio brings their findings to the empty, one-song vengeance, Mark. She refused psychological help to both her and Mathilde (frustrated her) and tried to raise her daughter and feel something, she practically jumps to the opportunity to start hunting for trash one at a time. However, Riders of Justice is not an aggressive machismo movie that supports toxic masculinity and revenge. It is undeniable that Markus makes almost every possible wrong choice. In a movement that has to earn him the Worst Dad of the Year award, when Mathilde accidentally comes into contact with the group and assumes she will eventually let psychologists come, she runs with a lie.

In addition to working as a black comedy, this dynamic proves endlessly fascinating, given that all three of them are damaged and carrying their own luggage. One of them has been given so many hours of treatment that she has enough information to move on to fake counseling in Mathilde. They even save the sex trafficking man along the way, making him part of the group. The bullied and abused face the slightest damage imaginable, along with author / director Anders Thomas Jensen (combining members of his previous efforts and writing the script alongside Nikolaj Arcel), typically in such a way that nerds feel intense because of violence, one of many which the script walks so as not to be considered a wish-fulfilling massacre.


In brilliant motion, Anders Thomas Jensen’s characters sometimes contradict the predictability hypothesis. For those you expect to least expect with skillful firearms, random absurdities are embraced while always based on a believable story that respects heavier drama, and the film itself is impossible to read beyond its impressive affiliation and family themes. The walking contradiction extends even to the spectator experience, for every internal organ kill that Markus pulls is both invigorating and judgmental; what you really want to see is she is emotionally vulnerable and cares for her daughter during grief. Instead, she can’t help giving her sweet boyfriend Sirius (Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt) a black eye because she didn’t return home by 11 p.m.

Not all jokes land (Emmenthaler has verbal disturbances about the clarity of computer screens), but those who are not pleasantly compensated by scenes from this group of towels that really take care of Mathilde when Mark acts as blind rage, sometimes against those on his side. We want the bodies to pile up to satisfy the lust for action and the inspiring novelty of the destructive fools of bearded Mads Mikkelsen, but we also hope that he will come to his senses before it is too late. In performance Riders of Justice is anti-revenge and connectivity. It’s a deadly work of art that loves only the traumatized and weird.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a Flickering Myth review editor. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to [email protected]


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