Directed by Hans Petter Moland, In Order of Disappearance is a Norwegian revenge thriller. Which see’s Nils (Skarsgard) as a hardworking snow ploughman, who turns in to an unlikely killer, following the death of his son at the hands of drug lords. It takes little imagination to envisage what the narrative consists of at the beginning of this film – death after death – and this can become repetitive. But as the narrative moves on, a canny way of representing a character’s demise, breaks the monotony and brings the picture to a satisfying final act.
It is hard to view this film as a black comedy as advertised, due to the real chuckle worthy moments being few and far between.To put it another way this is no Fargo, although the film’s intent to emulate the aforementioned text is evident – even setting the narrative upon a carpet of white snow, making the splatters of blood during fight sequences more striking.
As with many Scandinavian films, there is some unnecessary misoneism present. Although lucky, as is the case with the comic elements of the picture, the misogyny is also scarce. A noteworthy element of the film, is that of the sound design, you can really feel the punches as they land, this is also paired with some great performances from Stellan Skarsgard and Kristofer Hivju, who plays Strike, the drug lord who ordered the death of Nils son.
Award winning this film is not, although for viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon, it seems perfect.