Mads Mikkelsen? Sold! That’s all I needed to be interested in the upcoming film “Riders of Justice”. This Danish action-black comedy mix comes from writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen who previously worked with Mikkelsen on the underrated Western “The Salvation” and the astutely titled “Men & Chicken”. With “Riders” Jensen looks to be pulling from both of those movies, meaning we are in for some gritty violence along with some wacky spurts of dark humor. The new trailer certainly backs that up.
Mikkelsen plays a soldier returning from deployment after his wife is killed in a subway explosion. Late one evening a survivor shows up at his house and tells him the explosion wasn’t an accident. He claims it was a bombing meant to kill the brother of a notorious biker gang leader. This sets the grizzled Mikkelsen on a violent revenge-fueled quest to uncover those responsible and (of course) make them pay. I love the look of this and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more layers to the story than what the trailer shows us.
“Riders of Justice” opens May 21st in select theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.