The Keeper of Lost Causes (review HERE.) The first movie in the Department Q trilogy, we really dug everything about it, and so we immediately knew that we had to see its sequels.
The second movie in the trilogy, The Absent One, is every bit as good as its predecessor, and if we're being honest, it's better in some ways. It's also a lot darker, and it doesn't quite end on a happy note, but hey, we don't really expect all that much happiness when it comes to Nordic/Scandi Crime Thrillers.
Maybe that's why we like them so much.
|ASSAD UNDERSTANDS HIM THOUGH.|
|DON'T WORRY THOUGH, IT'S ABOUT TO GET REAL FOR EVERYONE.|
Good old fashioned Nordic dysfunction ensues.
As with the first one, we get to see the story from two different timelines: One shows us Department Q in the process of solving the mystery; while the other shows us the crimes as they happened. The melding of the two works well, and with the disturbing nature of the story, ratchets up the tension to a fairly palpable level.
|HE BROODS A LOT.|
Pilou Asbaek makes for a convincing villain for Morck and Assad to face off against, as there's a quiet intensity about him that just screams bad guy. We've been fans of his since watching him on Borgen, and we're glad to see his star is rising with a key role on Game of Thrones. If he keeps playing roles like this, he'll become even more widely known.
|HE'S THE PERFECT EURON GREYJOY.|
|"PAINT ME LIKE ONE OF YOUR FRENCH GIRLS."|
|YEAH, SHE'S TROUBLED ALRIGHT.|
We loved this one, and we can't wait to check out the third movie. We hope that there will be more to come after that.
The Absent One is available on VOD now,