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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…
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…
'Headhunters' es tramposa, gratuitamente macabra, y aún así (puede que precisamente por eso) se hace bastante entretenida. Peli sin pretensiones para ver un domingo por la tarde.
Lo mejor: el tono semi-cómico.
Lo peor: tiene bajones en el desarrollo y juega al límite de lo verosímil. El guión vive de giros efectistas.
March Around the World 2015 #4 (Norway)
In the introduction of this film, we are introduced to a man who steals art as a second income. He lays out a number of rules over some narration, and one in particular stood out, that he must not spend more than ten minutes in the house, because such time is excessive, and might lead you to come across something even more valuable, which will lead you to get caught. This is a great metaphor for what makes this film work, it's a quick, pure action flick that's short on excess, delivering on substance and thrills.
However, our protagonist's lifestyle is not short on excess. This man is Josh Brown, who uses his…
The only reason I selected this for Norway was because this was the last film that director Morten Tyldum did before his highly successful Imitation Game. While Imitation Game is a great film, Headhunters is really where Morten's talents seem to shine.
Headhunters is an excellent thriller about corporate espionage and art thievery, that is ,if nothing else, very hard to predict as it goes by. It constantly surprised me with its fresh twists and turns that had me a lot more intrigued than I had any reason to believe I would be.
It becomes a true one man show from Aksel Hennie, who starts showing shades of the Fugitive as he just tries to survive out in the Scandinavian wilderness.
In other words, it's a hell of a way to start the month!
Expectations (or lack of) working in its favor, exhibit A. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have given it a chance if I wasn't hoping to like it and feeling there was a decent chance I would, but holy crap... I really liked it. Relentless pursuit thriller about an art thief who makes the wrong mark. Really, just poor, poor decision there, pal. Literally goes places you'll not explore in safey-safe, big-budget U.S. productions, and scores major points along the way. Adapted from the novel by Jo Nesbo (whose Fart Powder books, my kids enjoy, btw).
The best adaptation of a page-turner that I have ever seen. The cinematography and score is fantastic. I wish the Swedish film producers would follow this fantastic example of how to do a movie up in the north. Even though I knew what would happen all the time(because I have read it, not because I am pretentious), I was hooked from frame one and this movie had me throughout the show.
Slickly made, but the plot holes pile up so quickly that the film collapses into absurdity--and not the good kind. It also doesn't help that the filmmakers try to redeem the truly unlikable protagonist. It somehow stays watchable as a dark comedy, but just barely.
Creo que ya la habia visto pero no me acordaba de nada. Buenos giros rocambolescos y bastante cruda.
Holy cow, this movie was intense.
Awesomely suspenseful cat and mouse thriller that is well written and very well acted. My take on the moral: living a double life will catch up to you and you will most likely be WAY in over your head.
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