Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE ABSENT ONE

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

From Mikkel Nørgaard,  the director of the acclaimed Danish comedy Klown, comes an engaging film involving a crime investigation.  Twenty years following the murder of twin teens, police detective Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his partner Assad (Fare Fares) come across the old case and come to the realization that this brutal murder may be part of an elitist cover-up/conspiracy.  The further they dig into the history of the people, the more they place their lives in danger as the powers-that-be wish to keep the truth unrevealed.

Based on the novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, writers Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg and director Nørgaard do tremendous work adapting the story for film.  This dark and moody noir/mystery thriller offers audiences suspense and chills galore.  This is actually the second film installment of movies based on the Department Q novel series by Adler-Olsen.  After watching and enjoying The Absent One, I would love to watch the first movie, The Keeper of Lost Causes, also directed by Nørgaard and starring Kaas and Fares.  For people who have already watched and enjoyed the first film, I must strongly encourage them to see this well-made and acted thriller. Fans of crime investigation films will definitely get into this awesome import from Denmark.

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