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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…
Starke Scenen, blasse Nebendarsteller.
Ein Ende wie es "alt Hollywood" nicht besser hinkriegen könnte.
Netter blutiger Thriller.
Um thriller sanguinolento e com reviravoltas divertidas, apesar de excessivas, o longa consegue prender a atenção e divertir pelas situações cada vez mais catastróficas pelo qual passa o protagonista.
Constantemente abusando do absurdo, que vai desde sobreviver de um acidente impossível até nano-robôs rastreadores, o filme parece não ter uma grande preocupação com verossimilhanças ou mesmo coerência no roteiro, focando no desespero crescente do personagem de Aksel Hennie, uma mistura de Steve Buscemi e Tom Hiddleston nascido na Noruega, em grande atuação. O vilão, vivido por Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, também é bem interessante.
O filme só peca por tentar acertar por demais as pontas no final, além de prolongar um desfecho que vai se tornando óbvio bem antes de acontecer.
Some slick, zippy fun that doesn't want you to think too hard, but won't insult your intelligence. Well done. Morten Tyldum, who did a good job with this movie, also directed The Imitation Game, which I have been avoiding seeing because I thought it would be staid and formulaic. That may still be true, but given how much I enjoyed Headhunters, I owe it a watch.
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A bigwig at a headhunter company uses his position to find and steal expensive art. This film has a plethora of twists and a great ending. The subtitles are a nuisance as usual, but this one was good enough to overlook that. The only thing that would have made me like this film more, is if it was in English
Film #25 of 30: March Around The World 2015 Challenge - Norway
Nice little caper film from the director of The Imitation Game. Much more action to be had in this one, but the main character (Roger) was a pretty underwhelming protagonist. I enjoy Jaime Lannister as the antagonist though.
Morten Tyldum is a capable director, but is not great. Like his work on 'The Imitation Game', every emotion is made so obvious that there is nothing left to think about once the credits roll. It's unfortunate too, with a twisty thriller like 'Headhunters', I imagine most viewers would want some ambiguity to dwell over and discuss for years to come. Nope. It's just sleek pulp.
That's not to discredit Tyldum and his film. The characters are very fleshed out, and it's often positively thrilling. 'Headhunters' is sleek, but not substantial.
This was close to being a 4.5 for me because it worked so well, but I've docked it down to 4 stars. Headhunters is a creative, tense, and unpredictable thriller that is truly a ride from start to finish. The director, Morten Tyldum, is responsible for the safe, mediocre biopic, Imitation Game, which felt like it could have been directed by anyone. This, however, is a triumph of directing and allowed me to appreciate his skills fully. There is not a single dull moment in this film and as tired as I was when I started watching it, the experience was intense and exhilarating.
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An off-the-wall thriller with a hint of The Game sprinkled in it.
Good fun....twisty dark as all hell Scandi fare
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