There are so many streaming options available today, and so many contradictory recommendations, that it is difficult to see through all the nonsense you might see. Every Friday, The edgeThe Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by searching the overwhelming number of films and TV series on subscription services and recommending a perfect thing to watch this weekend.
What to watch
The Norwegian action sum from 2014 In order of disappearance, starring Stellan Skarsgård as snowmobile driver Nils Dickman, who retaliates after his son has died from an overdose. Dickman goes after the drug dealers who, according to him, are responsible, but his plans become complicated when he enters the local criminal underworld. Soon, Nils is blocking long-established business arrangements in ways that make him a problem, not only for his crooked compatriots, but also for the international syndicates. Next to Skarsgård, In order of disappearance is full of familiar faces from European cinema, including Game of ThronesReddish Kristofer Hivju as an ill-fated folkman, Peter Andersson as the dark brother of Nils, and Bruno Ganz as a Serbian crime lord who flew into the city and escalates the shooting war.
Why watch now?
Because an English-language remake of In order of disappearance – renamed Cold Chasing, with Liam Neeson in the Skarsgård role – opens this weekend in theaters.
Neeson made the headlines in the worst possible way this week, after he confessed in an interview with The independent that he once considered killing a random "black bastard" who was beginning to have problems with him, as his way of revenge for a friend who had been raped. The actor told this story with the intention to emphasize that a vengeful mindset can be corrosive to the soul and ultimately useless. It is understandable that pop culture commentators and social media were more fixated on the "I really wanted to take revenge on a random black guy" than on the reason why Neeson mentioned it in the first place. He hoped to illustrate that he understands the motivations of the furious action heroes he has played so often over the past decade, even if he does not necessarily support their choices.
Amid all the furore, Cold Chasing – the revenge thriller that Neeson tried to promote Independent interview – got a bit lost in the shuffle. This is unfortunate, because previous reviews showed that it is comparable to the best of recent Neeson vehicles, such as taken, The grey, Nonstop, and The commuter. The title has changed and the name of the hero, apparently random, has changed from "Nils Dickman" to "Nels Coxman." But the director of the original film, Hans Petter Moland, is back on board for the remake and he reportedly holds the first film combination of sardonic humor and a high body composition.
Written by the Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson, In order of disappearance begins with a deceptively modest start, with Skarsgård & # 39; s Dickman winning the "Citizen of the Year" award in his remote, snow-capped town of Tyos. Before the violence really starts, the film contains several scenes of the crime bosses, with their elongated long hairs and tailor-made suits, just hanging around and nonchalantly talking about what they eat, how they feel about the government and their opinions on how to fight bullies. Among the many, many murders of the film, Aakeson and Moland subtly deceive the pretensions of male men: how they try to intimidate each other with a bloated attitude and how they have a modest, respectable & # 39; shell as underestimated by Nils. In a way, the film is like a long dramatization of Neeson's controversial anecdote, which shows how excited, angry guys can be just as ridiculous and dangerous.
For who it is
Fans of hard-hitting and blackly comic pulp adventures.
Unlike the usual gloomy "Nordic noir & # 39; crime stories, In order of disappearance is quirky and often dry amusing, remembering (entirely intentionally) both the Coen-brothers & # 39; Fargo and Quentin Tarantino & # 39; s Pulp Fiction. It is talkative for a gangster photo, and although the camera movement and framing of Moland are fairly non-flashy, the locations occasionally offer an extra comical kick. The skeevy main racer, Greven (played by Pål Sverre Hagen) lives an inherently hilarious lifestyle, slips through houses and offices decorated with an idiotic idea of beautiful furniture. The huge Nils snow plow is also pretty cool, towering above the lunatics he is about to throw away from a mountain.
However, the film's best visual joke is the way the filmmakers accentuate each death with a cut to a black screen, decorated with the name of the newly murdered man. It is like a perverse credit roll: the cast, in order of disappearance. Initially, the memorials are helpful informative. Then they are funny. And then they are horrifying and rather overwhelming. It is a remarkable effect, which makes the audience laugh more slowly to get stuck in their throats.
Where to see it
Netflix. For fans of Neeson's revenge thrillers, Netflix has also based the full series of short-lived NBC TV series on taken. For those who are more interested in the dramatic Neeson, the service currently offers one of its finest performances, in Steven Spielberg & # 39; s Schindler & # 39; s List. Netflix also has a handful of Skarsgard & # 39; s movies and TV shows, including the 2015 Sixth episode BBC police procedure River.