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The hunt is on.
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…
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…
This is terrific, and is about as close to the perfect version of what it’s aiming to be that you could hope for. Even if you can see some of the developments coming it doesn’t hurt the film, and this twisty little tale goes to some grim and darkly comedic places as it goes on. There’s some really great stuff here and it’s so damn gripping, with wonderful performances from Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
A damn fine thriller that takes every cliche in the book and freshens them up to deliver some extraordinarily fun, old-fashioned entertainment. The English dub didn't do the movie any favors (guy who voiced Jaime Lannister here sounded like a porno actor), but the film was nevertheless thoroughly captivating from beginning to end. Morten Tyldum's a lot stronger when he's not dealing with Oscar-bait material, if you ask me. The main character looks like some blend of Steve Buscemi and Anton Yelchin (may he rest in peace). The movie made me laugh more than I expected, which is always a plus. Solid tension, a story that keeps you guessing (especially since stuff gets started before you even realize it has), some delectably gruesome violence, and a good villain. To top it all off, there's even a friendly moral at the end of the tale. What more do you need from a thriller?
I've seen this movie been called an action-crime-comedy, but it's very lacking in those first two genres. I maybe laughed once at what was probably the best part of the movie, which was when the truck slammed the car over the cliff. In fact, that scene was the only good thing in the movie. Nor is there much action, just random spurts of violence and repetitive chase scenes. Add to that the bland, gray color palette and the boring main characters, this movie was a snoozefest, albeit a competently directed one.
Think of it as 'No country for old men' mixed with 'mr bean natural disaster'.
Doing anything to keep a woman....even steal.
Fat cops guarding someone is always funny.
Head shaving was horrifying for some reason.
Nice twisted narrative that doesn't make audience feel stupid.
Waiting for this to get remade by Hollywood.
Some may be "triggered" by this movie.
Jaime is still an asshole.
An exhilarating thriller which doesn’t rely on Crazy stunts or CGI to make an engaging film. Headhunter focuses on developing its characters and story to provide a well-acted and exciting film where no one can be trusted.
The film has very good pacing; it begins with an insight into Roger’s life, his main job as an accomplished headhunter, his problems with his wife and his secret job as an art thief. After the detailed insight of Roger’s life, the thrilling chase begins. Brown gets the opportunity to steal an extremely valuable painting from Clas Geve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a former mercenary. Unaware of what Clas is capable of, Brown attempts to steal the painting and ends up in a deadly situation.…
I had mixed feelings about this film. I have read a Jo Nesbo book before, and enjoyed it as a very readable, exciting page turner. This films feels rather similar, its fun and has a few turns, certainly made me want to carry on watching to see what happens. However, sometimes the feel of the film wasn't so cinemtic, reminded me of a BBC drama special for some reason, maybe it was just the lack of Hollywood gloss, but at the same time a lack of down to earth Anglo-Saxon grit.
This Hollywoodesque bold Norwegian thriller has the amazing Aksel Hennie trapped in a cat-and-mouse game with (guy from Game of Thrones). The grim degradation of the environment and colour scheme compliments his own mental deterioration. Headhunter's wicked-fast dialogue and plot left me breathless, there's neary a wasted moment here.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
So I wanted to catch up on what's been going on abroad recently, but the 'foreign' tag in Letterboxd's film…