In Order Of Disappearance, film review: Nordic noir and tongue-in-cheek humour in icy thriller

(15) Hans Petter Moland, 116 mins Starring: Stellan Skarsgård
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Hans Petter Moland's icy, Norwegian-set thriller treads an uncomfortable line between hardboiled Nordic noir and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Stellan Skarsgård plays a snowplow driver whose son dies in suspicious circumstances. The official line is that it's a drugs overdose but he suspects local gangsters of murdering the boy.

His attempts at retribution provoke a full-scale feud between rival Norwegian and Serb gangs. Pal Sverre Hagen plays the brattish mobster boss in a disconcertingly flippant manner.

It's hard, too, to credit Skarsgård's transformation from Mr Magoo-like model citizen into vicious vigilante killer.

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