Riders of Justice (2020) Movie Review

Riders of Justice – Brutal

 

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer: Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen (Screenplay)

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Lars Brygmann, Nicolas Bro, Gustav Lindh, Roland Moller

Plot: Markus, who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up.


Tagline – Someone is going to pay.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Riders of Justice starts when solider Markus (Mikkelsen) agrees to remain deployed for a further three months, leading to his wife and daughter Mathilde (Gadeberg) deciding to take the day off where they end up on a train, one that is involved in an accident, leaving Mathilde to watch her own mother die.

Otto (Kaas) who was also on the train during the accident, believes there is no way it was an accident and sets out to prove to Markus that this could have been a terrorist attack, targeting a certain person. Markus agrees to help the men investigate the story against a group known as the Riders of Justice, while trying to maintain the relationship with his daughter.

Thoughts on Riders of Justice

Characters & Performances – Markus is a soldier that is happy to remain deployed away from his family, only for him to get drawn back to his home after an accident kill his wife. He struggles with connecting with his daughter, as he wants to deal with grief his own way, until he learns it might not have been an accident, joining forces with the men who believe it wasn’t. he will use all his training to make himself the heartless killer created in the military, drawn by revenge and justice of his own. Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic in this leading role, being completely emotionless throughout everything happening in the film, just how he needs to be. Otto is one of the other victims on the train, he believes the accident was more of an attack, but nobody will believe him until he meets Markus who offers him a chance to get revenge on the people behind it. He will use his skills to put together his work team to help Markus get to the bottom of what happened. Nikolaj Lie Kaas goes a brilliant job too, with his role being opposite to Mikkelsen’s emotionless one. Mathilde is the daughter of Markus that witness the death of her mother on the train, wanting to turn to help, she finds herself struggling to remain connected to her father, as their processes are different. Lennart and Emmenthaler complete the group helping Otto, each will have their own ways of being part of the team. Kurt is the leader of the group of Riders of Justice, he is cold-hearted with how he conducts his business with the group, not wanting to let anyone get the upper hand on him or his group. Roland Moller makes this one of the more disturbing villains of the year here.

StoryThe story here follows a group of men that believe an accident was a terrorist attack, which will see them use this as motivation to get revenge on the people that were behind the attack, while showing the struggling moments in life between a father and daughter after losing a mother and wife. When it comes to the revenge stories, we get the basic ideas of a soldier figure wanting to fix their pain with violence against those who hurt them, this is no different, with how Markus uses his grief to drive him on his revenge mission. The idea that four everyday people will look to get revenge for a terrorist attack over any law authority does make this a very interesting story, that will give us the ups and downs you would expect along the way.

ThemesRiders of Justice is an action comedy that will give us the brutal action moments, as Markus gets involved in conflict, which is full of the military side of things. The film uses the settings for the encounters, while the home of Markus is used for the training and preparing for the world outside.

Final Thoughts Riders of Justice is a brutal action film that will bring a fresh approach revenge film.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – M – Metal Heart (2018) Movie Review

Director: Hugh O’Conor

Writer: Paul Murray (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Sean Doyle, Aaron Heffernan, Jason O’Mara, Yasmine Akram

Plot: There is much rivalry between twin sisters Emma and Chantal, quite different in just about every way, when their mysterious young neighbour moves back in.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Must See

Story: Metal Heart starts as we meet the two twin sisters, Emma (Jones) who is an outsider, while Chantal (McNamara) is the popular one that has a plan for her life, they are both about to start the college stage of their lives, only they have 6 weeks alone after their parents go travelling.

Emma wants to work with Gary (Doyle) to finally get their band off their feet and when she meets Dan (Dunford) a man that used to be in band who could teach her about being in a band and stepping forward in her life.

Thoughts on Metal Heart

Characters – Emma has been the outsider of the twins, she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister, she wants her own path in music, she wants to jump straight into music, without looking at much of a career plan. Emma has the summer to get the band together only after the change of events between her and Chantal, Emma sees her life starting to open up in a new direction. Chantal is the popular sister, she has her life planned out for years to come, she doesn’t always get on with Emma, but she will always try to push her into coming out of her shell, she does get injured and isn’t willing to let her friends see her. Dan is the washed up rocker who befriends Emma with music knowledge, he is older and has his own gambling problems, he only puts the relationship between the sister on a new level of bad, even if he does help Emma come out of her shell. Gary and Alan are both the guys that love the girls, they see the competition from Dan and want to find a way to show their love to them.

PerformancesJordanne Jones and Leah McNamara are both wonderful together, they show the difference in their characters and the changes they both make over the summer. Moe Dunford shows us just how a charmer will get what they want. Sean Doyle and Aaron Heffernan are great too in the supporting roles.

StoryThe story here follows twins who have their last summer together, they have different lives, which change over the summer as they learn more about life just before they take the biggest step in their own lives. This story shows us just how difficult life can be in the shadow of a more popular sibling, despite needing to learn what life is really about, mistakes will need to be made to understand who the most important people in life. There is a lot of heart in the story, with the coming-of-age elements shining through here, the message is clear, make what you want out of your own life.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film mostly comes from the guys reacting to everything which works because it doesn’t become too relent on the comedy, with the romance showing us what it would be like to make mistakes and not see what could be.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show how the girls swap positions with Emma going out to the world more, something she wouldn’t normally do.


Scene of the Movie – The party.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – What happened to the dog?

Final Thoughts This is a delightful movie that deserves more eyes on it, we have two great leading performances and a clear message about making the most out of your own life.

Overall: Delightful.