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3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
In Order of Disappearance
Written by
Kim Fupz Aakeson
Directed by
Hans Petter Moland
Starring
Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

Nils Dickman, played by a steely Stellan Skarsgard, is a quiet snowplow driver and Citizen of the Year recipient in a faraway Nordic town. No surprise that his former gangster brother asks incredulously, "When did you become Dirty Harry?" after Dickman turns into an expert hit man to avenge his son, who's mistakenly murdered by a local drug gang. Dad's switcheroo never quite adds up, but his mobster slayings, cleverly punctuated with obituary title cards, make In Order of Disappearance a cheeky black comedy and worthy Norwegian successor to Kill Bill. Absurdities abound in the zippy plot: A gay romance develops between two henchmen, a kidnapped boy asks his captor about Stockholm syndrome, and police officers who seem to have teleported out of a Coen brothers screenplay bumble about. But the best folly comes from Pal Sverre Hagen as Greven, the gang's head honcho and enemy No. 1, who veers from calculating to manic and boasts one of the worst haircuts on a villain since No Country for Old Men.

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