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Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his colleague Assad (Fares Fares) from Department Q investigate again! After successfully solving the mysterious disappearance of a politician ("mercy"), the two policemen enjoy some freedom at work. But when Mørck is occupied with a twenty-year-old case that a policeman had been working on after the suicide of a policeman, the solitary investigator soon feels a headwind. Even Assad is initially convinced that the murder of two siblings, which has been filed since a confession by the alleged murderer was made, does not need to be reopened. However, the longer Mørck is involved with the case and the search for the mysterious Kimmie (Danica Curcic), an important witness, the clearer it becomes that perhaps the wrong person has atoned for the crime after all. And so Department Q continues to dig around in the past and not only traces human abysses, but also very influential men dangerously close…
Schon "Erbarmen" (Mercy), the first film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's special department Q novels, offered lovers of Nordic crime fiction suspense cinema at its finest. The staging was quite conventional overall and was rather on a very good TV level than really looking like a big movie. But some intense moments of tension and the wonderful interplay of Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares made the thriller a more than successful bestseller adaptation at the end. "Desecration", the second movie of the unequal investigative team, tops its predecessor in almost every respect. Since the relationship between the withdrawn loner Carl and the very cheerful, open-minded Assad, despite all personal and professional setbacks, was already established in the first film, director Mikkel Nørgaard can this time fully concentrate on the story taking place on two time levels. This enables him to filter out the full voltage potential of the disturbing event without the cuts in the original, which inevitably have to be made for a filming, being particularly negative.
Of course the plot should not be revealed too much at this point. Even though experts of the subject won't take too long to guess who the perpetrator/the perpetrators are, the story still has some very well done moments of surprise to offer, from which the movie gets a lot of its nerve-racking tension. However, "desecration" is also clearly more brutal and oppressive in comparison to "mercy". Tender people could reach their limits here in some scenes. The brutality isn't used excessively, most of it still takes place in the minds of the audience. This is precisely why the film achieves the effect of gripping its audience over the entire running time of two hours and not loosening this grip even in the predictable moments.
The actors are convincing through the bench away. Apart from the well-rehearsed team of Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares, who seem to be firmly connected with their roles after only two films, the Pilou Asbæk, known from the series "Borgen", who is simply great as a shady hotel tycoon, is particularly convincing. And also Danica Curcic, shooting star of Danish film, can leave a lasting impression as Kimmie drawn by her past. They all contribute to the fact that "Desecration", in contrast to its predecessor, is not only dramaturgically, but also theatrically, undoubtedly on cinema level.
Whoever appreciates dark, complex and disturbing crime food or simply loves the thrillers by Jussi Adler-Olsen should not miss this successful film adaptation. A great thriller that whets the appetite for many more missions from Special Department Q. Absolutely worth seeing! ]
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