While serving as a highly skilled soldier, Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) is advised that his wife and daughter were involved in a horrible train accident. The results of the accident are tragic, with Markus’s wife dying instantly along with many others. Thankfully, his only daughter survived the horrible event. Markus returns home and attempts to move forward with his life but refuses any help offered by his community and recommended professionals. It’s also evident that Markus doesn’t have a strong relationship with his daughter. Meanwhile, his daughter questions the reasoning behind her mother’s death and even requests support from others which he refuses to give her.
Markus soon receives a visit from a man who also survived the train crash and is a genius in mathematics and understanding statistics. The stranger wishes to speak with Markus, expressing his concerns as he believes the train crash was no accident. Markus will now team up with an unlikely group of misfits to take down those responsible for the train crash: the Riders of Justice.
Riders of Justice is loaded with many genres, including drama, action, suspense, mystery, and to my surprise, a fun level of comedy. I was quite surprised how this film could shock me with its action or random humour, as well as delivering many heartfelt moments. The plot is introduced fairly quickly as the film begins with a shocking and unexpected incident. The pacing is great, and the level of my investment in all the characters on-screen was high. The inclusion of different characters with various talents, skills, abilities, and personalities makes the film even more entertaining. I genuinely wanted to know if our leads would successfully get their revenge, survive all the chaos, find peace and move forward from their past sufferings.
Actor Mads Mikkelsen was excellent as Markus. I enjoyed his character for multiple reasons but most importantly, it’s believable that he is a skilled soldier. Still, he’s also a man who isn’t perfect and is going on his own personal journey in life. I enjoyed seeing Markus interact with a group of people he normally wouldn’t interact with.
Overall, I enjoyed this film a great deal. It’s a film that consists of various genres such as drama, action and moments of shocking humour. Mads Mikkelsen delivers yet another believable performance, and I found myself caring for his character, his new group of misfits and their attempt to get revenge. Riders of Justice is simply fun, quirky and filled with heartfelt moments, and I was left feeling quite surprised by this film to the point I wanted more of it. Riders of Justice (2020) is Available in Australian Cinemas from September 30th!