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The hunt is on.
Everybody wants something. Nobody gets it for free. Not without stepping over corpses. The headhunt has begun.
It has been a while since I’ve watched such an entertaining and taut thriller as Headhunters. Scandinavian crime dramas are incredibly popular at the moment but this is arguably one of the better recent examples, and whilst it may feature the familiar amoral characters and extreme violence that has characterised films from the region there is a pleasing deftness to the story. The plot centers on a successful headhunter who, moonlighting as a thief, steals valuable art work to finance his lavish lifestyle. However, a chance introduction with a potential target gets him in way over his head and soon he is on the run from everybody he knows.
What makes this film such a joy is its relentless pace…
yes, Yes, YES!!!
Now, this is what I'm talking about! It is difficult to come up with a truly original plot for a thriller and Headhunters doesn't have the most original premise, but it's execution betrays a creativity that I haven't seen in this genre in a long, long while.
There is the inevitable point in a film of this type where the main character has to be taken out of his comfort zone in order to create momentum and to create the thrills a film like this relies on. And boy is poor Roger Brown taken out of his comfort zone. The shitstorm that descends on him is one of biblical proportions.
Without getting into the plot it suffices…
Usually, when a film has a tone that's all over the place, it can take me out of the film entirely. Not with Headhunters. For this film, the film uses it's tone and audiences expectations to it's advantage to make room for plenty of twists and turns. It starts out as a serious, straightforward crime drama and then as the plot thickens, it transitions into something more gory, bizarre, and even darkly funny. It kept me on the edge of my seat not only wanting more but guessing what would happen next. That's just one of the reasons why I loved this film. It's also well acted, well directed, superbly written, and exciting from beginning to end. It's loads of fun and one of my favorite films that 2012 has to offer.
If you love films filled with unpredictable twists that keep you guessing, laughing, and surprised on the edge of your seat, this is a must see.
For someone like me, to get what he wants, only one thing matters: Money. A lot of money.
The only thing I really knew about Headhunters is that, on average, it had a high rating from Letterboxd users. I didn't watch the trailer, didn't read any reviews, didn't even check it's freshness on RottenTomatoes. This Norwegian film, that I had never heard of outside of Letterboxd, turned out to be one of the best thrillers of 2012.
The plot of the film exists just outside of reality, but is still quite close to it. Unless crazy situations like this are a common occurrence in Norway, if so then i stand corrected. In the first act of the film…
Now this is how you make a thriller.
Headhunters starts off familiar enough. Our main character, Roger, is a corporate headhunter who sidelines as an art thief. In the opening scenes, Roger predicts his own downfall. We know that the proverbial shit is going to hit the fan.
What ensues is a series of events that does everything right. I was constantly engaged with the story and trying to guess motives of characters, how things would end up, who was double crossing who, etc. The best part is that while I pieced together some of the information, the movie constantly kept me re-evaluating the outcome and how everything was going to wrap up.
There is no information that is just…
Ohhh Jaime Lannister... You are one smooth SOB when talking in your native tongue. You are one of the coolest, most suave villains I've seen in a while.
And Headhunters perfectly accentuates Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's brilliant performance.
This taut Norwegian thriller is an unexpected punch to gut in the form of explosive violence, genuine suspense, and cool characters. It's an extremely well made movie and looking back, I'd probably say it was one of the best of last year.
The film is heavy on exposition and characterization, and this is something that pays off in the long run. The characters are all relatable in their own ways, and I found myself to be personally pulled a couple different ways. It's a…
A smart and dark thriller from Morten Tyldum (director of the new Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game) in which a professional headhunter for a GPS company is in way over his head, and subsequently gets hunted. This is a film which was very smartly put together and has some excellent twists in it. There is a lot of tension throughout the film, and plenty edge-of-your-seat moments; all of which are essential for a good thriller. The acting is spot on, with the protagonist being someone which you cannot empathise with at the start, but you really begin to feel for him as the film progresses, and a villain who is a cold and calculating ex-military man. The direction shows…
It's a pretty good mostly taunt thriller that's not quite as clever as it believes that it is. Extremely well acted from the whole cast. The middle dragged a bit and the happy go lucky ending was a bit much but easy to over look. Sit back, turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.
First I thought it was Jared Leto on the poster. Doesn't matter I wanted to watch it anyway...
Surprisingly good movie! Reminds me of the good parts of Snatch and Ocean's trilogy. Would recommend!
Favorite film so far, the applause at the end is one of the most sincere and longest I have experienced in 6 Fantastic Fests.
I was pleasantly surprised by Headhunters, the plot was original, unique and simple, the acting is solid and it was filled with tension.
I'm not a huge fan of foreign films but I find myself appreciating them more and more and this is now one of my favorites watch Headhunters if you are starting to watch foreign films or simply for the intriguing plot alone.
Ein ganz geiler Norwegischer Film mit Jaimie Lennister :)
Die Story und auch die Schauspielerleistung gefallen mir sehr gut.
Leider gab es 2-3 unlogische Momente die ein bisschen rausgerissen haben. (z.B. Wenn ich etwas aus einer Wohnung klaue, wieso bleib ich länger als ich muss um zu telefonieren und wieso zieh ich meine Maske dann ab…)
Trotzdem hat er mir sehr gut gefallen, vor allem die Dixieklo Szene fand ich Deep :D
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Corporate headhunter and art thief Roger Brown slips up and gets himself in deep shit by targeting a victim with the training, experience, and desire to exact extra-legal retribution. Roger works desperately to extricate himself from his predicament. Violent. Funny. Bloody. An extrication from a car crash looks, I swear, like the car is giving birth to an enormous bloody baby. Not for every taste, but a treat if it is to your taste.
While it loses its way for a while in the middle, and is arguably a bit too Hollywood in parts, it's a great ride with many tense moments and a tight script. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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