All films I've seen from Nordic countries...
The hunt is on.
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..
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…
The highest grossing Norwegian film of all time, Headhunters marked out Morten Tyldum as a sharp-eyed director to watch, adapting as he does Jo Nesbo's celebrated crime thriller and fashioning from it a highly entertaining, frequently sparky piece of Scandinavian noir that stands uniquely alone in the annals of the crime thriller. A deep rooted vein of twisted black comedy resides within Tyldum's film, which takes Aksel Hennie's opportunistic corporate headhunter on a visceral, dangerous ride into a story of murder, betrayal and conspiracy, yet does so with remarkable chutzpah - even managing to balance some truly bonkers black comedy thriller sequences with a through line of dramatic discovery, something not many pictures can boast about not just getting away…
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…
This Hollywoodesque bold Norwegian thriller has the amazing Aksel Hennie trapped in a cat-and-mouse game with (guy from Game of Thrones). The grim degradation of the environment and colour scheme compliments his own mental deterioration. Headhunter's wicked-fast dialogue and plot left me breathless, there's neary a wasted moment here.
blood, shit (seriously!) and a skinny naked man in a pretty and rainy Norvegian country side. Hair gel that allows you to be tracked down by electronic device and one seriously dead dog. Do I need to say more? I am beginning to think that the Norvegian films are a lost cause.... unlike the ones from its southern neighbor...
That and 0,5 stars i had given back in time to this. Why? I never know, as it is well avarage three star extravaganza. Maybe i had a bad day then....
Wickedly good Norwegian thriller based on a book by Jo Nesbø, who also has written some of the craziest children's books with his Doctor Proctor series.
In a nut shell it's a classic table switcher piece where things get tossed head over heels as art heist and professional business headhunter Roger (Aksel Hennie) get's drawn into a plot that goes way over his head when he tries to recruit Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) into taking over a company looking for a new CEO.
I think that the strong part of this film is the extreme dark comedic undertone that runs through it. Sure it's a real tight drama worth of the epitaph Hichcockian, but in a way the surrealism of…
'Headhunters' is a smartly written, tense, wonderfully directed, brilliantly acted, fast-paced and exciting thriller.
It has only been relatively recent that I discovered Scandinavian and Nordic cinema, with being introduced through horror as always. But, there is something exciting happening in that part of Europe, and it isn't only just the horror genre, with thrillers and comedy's fast gaining critical praise. 'Headhunters' is a prime example of this, with a plot so taught with tension, you are likely to be unseated at some stage or another.
Headhunters is an incredibly slick thriller, that masquerades as a heist film. Every twist and turn is masterful, and thoroughly enjoyable. From the off, no punches are pulled, with the suave life of Roger (Hennie) explained through his eyes, talking about his physical shortness pushing him to be…
Britain is being overwhelmed by Scandinavian crime. Not the Stockholm mafia, but fictional crime. Back in the 1990s there was the Kurt Wallander stories and Miss Smilia’s Feeling For Snow; more recently there has been Steig Larson’s trilogy; the BBC televised some of the Wallander stories with Kenneth Branagh as the detective, but I’m unsure how popular they were; but the Danish TV series, The Killing, was a sensational success...well, sensational for a subtitled TV programme and with a certain strata of the British middle class (although stories that we were all wearing Faroe Island sweaters are vastly exaggerated). There have also been a number of Scandinavian thrillers released at cinemas, but as yet none have been an event. Headhunters…
I was drawn to this movie after reading a couple of reviews that talked about how darkly comedic the whole movie was. The premise sounded fairly interesting, so I figured I'd give it a go. The result was a movie that was enjoyable, but failed to meet expectations.
A big problem with this movie is the amount of plot holes. The film will go out of its way to show characters disposing of evidence and being extra careful while committing crimes, but a house where a gunfight took place is left undisturbed for a number of days, and the police apparently don't bother checking for fingerprints when a piece of evidence goes missing.
Another narrative problem this movie has is…
Strong start but loses its way with a convoluted and ridiculous plot. Feels longer than its 1hr 45mins.
Complete list. :-(
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…