Movie Review – In Order of Disappearance (2016)

In Order of Disappearance
Directed by Hans Petter Moland
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing
Release Date: December 6, 2016

I love quirky films of any genre, particularly those that dance along the edges of classification. IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE is one of these gems, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. Full of dark humor and grit, this revenge thriller will leave you satisfied on many levels.

If you are not familiar with IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:

When a father (Stellan Skarsgård), uncovers his son’s murderer, he begins to unravel. Once an upstanding citizen, Nils embarks on a blood-thirsty quest for revenge that escalates into a full-blown international gang war. With darkly funny humor reminiscent of Tarantino and The Coen Brothers, Nils finds himself caught up in a world not his own surrounded by drug traffickers, con artists and kingpins, in order to bring his son’s murderers to justice.

I’m a big fan of the Skarsgard family, so I try to catch their work when I can. I say the whole family because most of them are active in film or television in some fashion. Son Alexander Skarsgard is universally known for his role as Eric in TRUE BLOOD, and he recently portrayed Tarzan on the big screen as well. His brother, Gustaf, portrays Floki, a character on VIKINGS. Another sibling, Bill Skarsgard, portrayed the devilish Roman Godfrey on HEMLOCK GROVE and has recently wrapped production on Stephen King’s IT, where he plays the demonic clown Pennywise. Finally, Valter and Sam, yet two more brothers, have also been in smaller productions. The acting bug bites deep in this family, and they are a talented and entertaining group.

IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE is shot well and looks amazing onscreen. The cinematography does a great job of capturing the snowy and desolate landscape of the Norwegian countryside, and yet it looks lavish and beautiful in HD. This locale is the perfect setting for this film, as it helps create the lowbrow atmosphere needed for the story.

The acting is great, with Stellan Skarsgard heading up a talented cast. I do not recognize most of the other actors, although they do a fine job as well. I did spot Kristofer Hivju (who played a Wildling on GAME OF THRONES) almost immediately when he came onscreen, however.

The story of IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE is intriguing and engaging. I like how the wit is combined with some of the darker parts of the plot; it adds a strange sense of wholeness, and I found it worked very well in conveying the intention of each scene. This might sound strange, but you have to see it to understand. It simply works.

IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE is a big win for me, and I highly recommend it. It’s a fairly gory film, but still somewhat tame by many horror standards. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun and vastly entertaining. It is available now in a variety of formats.


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