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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…
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…
I will argue that this is one of the very best Norwegian movies
Unusually mooded Norwegian thriller where the protagonist's life is turned upside down by drama resulting from the his day job as a recruitment consultant rather than his part-time work as an art thief??
I used to be a recruitment consultant. My life was pretty mundane but it's heartening to know that life is less exciting for art thieves.
This is a thriller that aims at middle ground and pulls it off. Efficient.
I really liked this one. Very tense and exciting.
This is a very entertaining movie. The best one I can remember with characters this unsympathetic. I hope the director goes back to making movies like this; it feels informed by both Burton and Scorcese.
It's the 90th film I watch this year and it couldn't be better and I couldn't be happier.
The story, script, acting, dramatic changes, and all were great. Aksel's face was so expressive and acted perfectly.
The amount of smartness in this film is beyond terrific.
nikolaj coster waldau was a fuckin sociopath in this and i would STILL do him
The first & only Norwegian film I’ve ever seen! Exhilarating, clever, duplicitous, and with a Coen brothers-esque twist.
Headhunters is an uninteresting thriller that plays with a cool premise, but ultimately fails to find structure.The character of Roger Brown is never established as a character who the audience should be engrossed in. So consequently, any set piece moment ends up failing, because no one cares. This is the movies biggest stumbling block in the long run. I wasn't able to care about him before the action started, so I couldn't when it did. He spends a large majority of the film running away, but I couldn't care less if he got shot or caught. I knew he wouldn't either, because the film is really predictable. Without spoiling the movie, he is basically Superman. I hate this movie for…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What Aksel Hennie lacks in height, he makes up for with his ability to impale dogs with a tractor while covered in shit.
Thoroughly enjoyed this.
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