Film of the Year Champions of Truth

His best film to date, 2021, arrived as the champions of truth. Anders Thomas Jensen of Denmark has made a wonderful film about mourning that should not be missed. Mathilde and her mother are victims of a tragic train accident, the latter unfortunately losing her life. His father, Markus, had spent many years away from home as a professional soldier, now returning home to his daughter, who was left alone. Soon a strange figure appears to him, Otto, who was also traveling on the train and claims that there was no accident. The murder was designed to oust a coroner who would have testified against the head of a motorcycle band named Champions of Truth, and Mark’s wife was merely an accidental victim of the assassination. The soldier does not hesitate to go on a revenge campaign with Otto and his friends, who are perfectly unfit for the task, even if he has to deal with half the underworld.

It’s relatively hard to write an introduction to a movie like The Champions of Truth, so I started with the official synopsis instead. But even the description shows perfectly how difficult it is to position this work. The text above projects a retaliation film by John Wick, while the end result is a dramedy depicting the process of processing mourning. Anders Thomas Jensen reached out to the subject with a brilliant sense and created characters and characters who steal themselves into our hearts in an instant.

For starters, right here is one of the protagonists, Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the broken dad, who gives one of the best of his life in the role of Markus. With an expressionless and resigned face, he acknowledges the events around him, but to see in him that pain can break out of him at any time. His great partner in the role of Otto is Nikolaj Lie Kaas, who is tormented by remorse for his past crimes, and the fact that he handed over his place to Markus’ wife before the accident does not leave him alone. The harmony between the two men is great, their characters fit together nicely, it is a pleasure to watch their progress.


However, they are not the ones who will make the film memorable in the first place, but the side characters who are reluctantly relieving tension. The two-brainer hacker or the Ukrainian sex slave has his own stories that the script unfolds in a rather amazing way. They don’t tell at length what happened to them, why they’re so weird – they just have moments when everything becomes clear to us. They bring humor to the film, which is much needed.

Honestly, I’ve read a lot about Anders Thomas Jensen’s work so far, but the critiques that glorify them into the skies have always terrified me a little. That’s why I feared the Champions of Truth, as they were the same gods who Venom 2 or even the Once Upon a Time … Hollywood. For me, both films were a huge disappointment, but now everyone is right.

The Champions of Truth is by far the most exciting, the most interesting film of the year, blessed with the best characters, in which the drama, action and humor trio fit together very nicely. I think it’s time to make up for my backlog in Jensen filmography because this man is truly a genius. 10/10


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Champions of truth (Riders of Justice)
dubbed, Danish comedy, 116 minutes, 2020
Not recommended for under 18s!

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Screenwriter: Anders Thomas Jensen
Producer: Karen Bentzon, Sisse Graum Jorgensen
Operator: Kasper Tuxen

Mads Mikkelsen (Markus)
Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Otto)
Gustav Lindh (Bodashka)
Roland Moller (Kurt)
Nicolas Bro (Emmenthaler)
Rikke Louise Andersson (Crisis Psychologist)
Jacob Lohmann (Kenneth Pigvaren)


Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – Film by sg.hu.

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