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(Reviewed by John Glennie)
A tense Danish drama starring Mads Mikkelsen as Markus, Andrea Heick Gadeberg as his teenage daughter Mathilde and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as the mathematical geek Otto.
Markus is a soldier and currently away from home coming up to Christmas. There is a sequence of seemingly insignificant events – Mathilde’s bike getting stolen, his wife Emma’s car breaking down, Markus telling Emma he is required on service for another 3 months. Emma tells Mathilde they are having a day off together and catch a local train. Otto has just lost his job trying to convince his employers to adopt his mathematical algorithm that can help to predict future events, so he too is a passenger on the train. He offers up his seat to Emma but soon after there is a terrible explosion, killing Emma.
Otto sees a distraught Mathilde in hospital by her mother’s bed and feels guilty that it should have been him. When he hears a news broadcast that the leader of a bikie gang, who was supposed to appear in court, has been released because the main witness was killed in the same explosion. He recalls seeing some suspicious activity immediately prior to the explosion, declared an accident by authorities, that leads him to believe that it wasn’t.
He visits Markus to tell him and they use Otto’s computer prowess to track down the potential perpetrator – the leader of the bikie gang Riders of Justice. This leads Markus to seek revenge for the loss of Emma and requires him to call on all his military skills and experience. Otto has enlisted the help of his business partner and another computer whizz to track down and monitor the movements of the bikie gang – in particular their leader.
Riders of Justice covers a lot of topics – dealing with grief and loss, delving into the past and a lot pf psychology. I like Mads Mikkelsen as an actor and he doesn’t disappoint in this emotionally charged thriller.
Well worth a visit to the cinemas to see this one!!