Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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…
the pace of "headhunters" is relentless; it's amazing how quickly and immensely things turn to sh*t for the protagonist, if you know what i mean. haha. i found all the plot twists fun to watch: sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific, sometimes both at once, in that tarantino-esque way. the film also reminded me a little bit of a sped up "blue ruin".
but "headhunters" is definitely nordic in flavour, bleak and thrilling. some of the later scenes are unforgettably outrageous! i like, however, that the narrative counter-balances its gut wrenching thrills with some tender moments too. beyond all the head-hunting, this is really a story about finding one's heart.
I do like a bleak thriller.
Headhunters really nails that skill down of making the protagonist feel in danger. It even has a few 'I don't see how he can get out of here' moments, which they actually keep plausible (for the most part). The protagonist is well written, with realistic yet conflicting personality traits, allowing the audience to root for him despite his flaws.
There are a few moments that felt slightly dumb, especially (avoiding spoilers here) not checking to make sure at the car crash scene. It's such a big part of the film and is clearly so important to the antagonist, yet he doesn't bother. There are a few little moments like this, but less than in…
An entertaining violent and sometimes weirdly funny Norwegian thriller.
In this character-driven heist film that suffers from unnecessary late complications, Headhunters is trying to do several things well, but has to settle for doing a great job on some things, and a middling job on others.
Full review at www.mediocremovie.club/reviews/headhunters-hodejegerne
Muy buen thriller, muy cabrón.
Roger ist neben seiner beruflichen Tätigkeit als Headhunter mit seinem "Freund" Ove als Kunstdieb unterwegs. Dieses geht auch solange gut bis er dem ehemaligen Vorsitzenden eines Hightech Unternehmens und Elitesoldat Clas ein vermeintliches Bild stielt welches angeblich seit dem 2ten Weltkrieg verloren ist. Die gnadenlose Kampfmaschine startet nun eine blutige Hetzjagt.
Ich bin mir unschlüssig, auf der einen Seite habe ich den Twist des Filmes so nicht kommen sehen. Auf der anderen Seite fand ich den Twist aber nicht so gut wie er von anderen angepriesen wird. Der Film bietet zwar solide Action und eine nicht komplett belanglose Story, dennoch öffnet sich mir gegenüber nicht die Genialität hinter dem Streifen. Sagen wir echt nett gemeinte 3,5 von 5 Sternen.
Delightfully, crassly manipulative, with a rollicking plot that gives no fucks if it's totally improbable and a bizarre genrefuck.
An excellent, cat and mouse game thriller. A big company headhunter, spends his spare time stealing high priced art for his long legged wife. Things go south when he steals art from the wrong guy. This sends him on a wild chase running from a man who can always track him. "Headhunters" is all kinds of awesome. It is a thriller with a purpose.
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Pretty cool movie. Some cool spots. A cool idea.
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