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…
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…
A lot of the trailers for Headhunters want to show this as a slinky cat-and-mouse thriller, somewhat ala Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or Gone Girl, and this does sort of fit that mold: corporate headhunter by day, world-class art thief by night, Roger Brown maintains his fabulous lifestyle by using his corporate life as a cover for his criminal life. But he find himself in over his head when the two worlds collide in dangerous fashion, etc etc. And yeah, it works on this level, but what I think neither that description nor the trailers get at it is how bleakly, absurdly funny much of this movie is. As things get progressively worse and worse, the movie becomes something of a slapstick noir as the bodies pile up and Roger's fate seems to get narrower and narrower. It's an unexpectedly thrilling movie.
THAT hiding place. I'm still reeling days after watching!
Watched this little gem of a movie today and loved it. These scandinavian dudes really know how to put a show.
Headhunters is the critically acclaimed Norwegian thriller form 2011 that has always been declared a must-watch. The title follows Roger Brown, a headhunter by day, but a painting thief by night; his poverty stricken upbringing mixed with his Napoleon complex drives him to commit these thefts. Basically the movie hinges on the protagonist, who is perfectly played by Aksel Hennie: the emotion he brings to the unfolding events will have most people do a complete turnaround—he starts off slimy, yet will end the story in a very vulnerable state.
Now, the character Roger is probably the smartest element of the script: with the protagonist by far having the most depth. However, the story remains quite shallow; whether it is through…
The world needs more Jo Nesbo adaptations.
Grata sorpresa, no sabia con lo que me iba a encontrar y he pasado un buen rato.
Al principio algo lenta, con una imagen fría, después, bueno la cosa va a más, a ratos se me ha puesto la piel de gallina.
Buenos giros de guión y bien resuelta.
Really good effort. A little flawed here and there, but tense and twisting.
An absolutely top notch thriller.
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