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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…
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…
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…
Hard not to make a solid, distinctive thriller when you're working with a Jo Nesbo book. Headhunters fools you into thinking it will be a crisp, tame art thief caper set in sleek Norwegian office spaces, and then suddenly descends into absurd, blackly comic thriller madness, and halfway through the film our protagonist is literally covered in crap, driving a tractor with a dead dog impaled on the front. A simple and unsubtle way to turn expectations, tone, and even setting on its head, but effective. Aksel Hennie is great and rewatching the second time I definitely picked up on more of the thematic/character stuff with the impotence and inadequacy and such, I realized that his relationship with his maybe-trophy…
Probably the longest I've gone in a film thinking it's about one thing only to find in the last hour or so that it is about something completely different - and it completely changed my view of the film as a whole as well.
The brilliant structure of this movie carries mostly everything else, but there is definitely something to be said for the performances.
Although it's carried out fairly generically in most other aspects, it's a solid idea with some great performances.
It's Jaime Lanister! This is dark comedy at it's poopiest.
This film started off well and then fell off the deep end. At too many points in the film, they stretch the film into the unbelievable. It's tough to buy in when you keep telling yourself the main character should have been dead or arrested already.
On a good note, they did hire the Norwegian Steve Buscemi and Prince Charming from Far Far Away Land in Shrek as the two main male leads.
Such a great, stylish and suspenseful norwegian thriller. The plot is "twisty", the humor is weird and the cinematography is fantastic. Aksel Hennie shines in the lead role, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is such a freakin' badass. One of the best scandinavian films of the last decade.
Uncle Dad meets The Thomas Crown Affari. In Norway.
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Una lástima que la película tenga esa recta final tan falsa y sentimenloide, porque hasta ese momento estaba siendo un thriller dinámico, con pegada, rodado con sentido de la elegancia y con algunos chispazos de verdadero genio y originalidad. Porque vamos, que para salvar su culo un personaje deba poner su pelambrera dentro de una bolsita de cacahuetes no es algo que vaya a ver en muchas películas. Una escena tan patética y a la vez hilarante, que supura humor negro por todos sus costados, sólo puede ser ideada por alguien tan retorcido como brillante. Y que después de semejante carrusel de misantropía se llegue a…
If Trance and The Fugative had a baby you would have Headhunters! A classic cat and mouse thriller that stands on it's own full of intensity! Go watch it!!
I can't express how thoroughly enjoyable this film is. The first time I viewed it I didn't know anything about it and was surprised by how refreshingly original the filmmakers were able to make a dramatic heist film (of sorts). In fact this film seems to traverse several genres (drama, romance, comedy, action, heist) and is one of the only films that I can recall where it actually works and works seamlessly.
The main character is instantly likable/relatable from his first line of dialogue and you can't help but marvel at the ridiculous situations that this schmuck gets himself into. It manages to weave a double and triple and quadruple crossed web of smart stories without becoming confusing or hard…
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