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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…
Headhunters is an action/thriller movie about a guy who steals paintings for a living.
Early on, we meet Aksel Hennie. He works as a recruiter, but uses information he gains on interviews to learn when to break into people's apartments so that he can swap out people's fancy art with forgeries, using the money he makes to live an extravagant lifestyle.
The problem comes when he meets Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister!). Despite a dozen red flags, Aksel is a gambler at heart, the bigger the stakes the better, and keen to try to get one over on Nikolaj. As expected, it doesn't go well, and making a fortune off Nikolaj soon becomes a desperate attempt just to survive.
I could write something pithy like "They don't make thrillers like this in America" but to be honest, they very rarely make thrillers like this ANYWHERE.
This was an absolute delight. It's dark and funny and violent. I'm glad I finally got around to it.
This entertaining and original thriller may have some flaws (not much character development/lack of visual style), but it is still a fun film led by a quirky cast of talented actors.
To end my Norwegian phase and admiration for Morten Tyldum, I watched Headhunters.
WOW, this is what every thriller should be. This is the type of movie America deserves to produce, but not the one America needs. For this reason, only by scavenging for hidden gems inside internation/foreign cinema can you find genuine greatness, were movies are not influenced by a studio's financial agendas. Dramatic, suspenseful and creative, all the elements combined in a great movie. Just what has been lacking in American cinema for the past years, excellent storytelling in this genre.
A surprisingly taut, bloody thriller. Headhunters manages to be darkly comic and incredibly exciting thanks to the solid direction and excellent performances. The ending is a bit by-the-numbers, but it worked in the context of the narrative so it didn't bother me too much. Overall, this is an excellent film all around.
anyone know what they were saying it wasn't in English
Headhunters' greatest quality is, by far, its voracious suspense, the film's constantly thrilling and that's something really hard to accomplish or, at least, only a few can do it right. That happens due to its fast and loud soundtrack and bombastic energy that fits perfectly with the film's constant turns and twists that make it constantly interesting as well. Also, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's performance is stunning but, even if it's almost a flawless work that feels like a nowadays version of No Country for Old Men, I think it lacked some class and style in the making of it to be a masterpiece.
Amazing. Had no idea where the film was going, it was a thrilling adventure finding out.
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