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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…
Half an hour in I was thinking, “man, this is is a lot less eventful than I expected”
Half an hour later, a man covered in human excrement is escaping from a farm in a tractor with an dead dog impaled on the front.
I suppose I got what I asked for.
It started off as a perfect heist film, then things got really messed up, really fast.
Just how I like it.
A thriller that attempts to keep its audiences on its toes with a winding, twisty plot, but that ultimately creates a tangled narrative that makes little sense, is ridden with holes, and leaves plot threads dangling.
Jo Nesbø is a Norwegian author responsible for the Harry Hole detective novel series. Those books are often dark, gory and well, Scandinavian. He wrote Headhunters in the midst of that series as a standalone thriller, one the clearly meant to show off a little more levity. Nesbø is still a little twisted though, and the movie version is very faithful to the novel, down to the wildly chaotic darkly comic tone. I mean, this is the story of a man dealing with such insecurity, who has such low self-esteem in his home life (despite the smarmy corporate success he projects) that he loathes the idea of having children, in case he fails to measure up. Yet he's also an art thief who at one point COVERS HIMSELF IN HUMAN EXCREMENT AND ATTEMPTS THE WORLD'S SLOWEST GETAWAY ON A TRACTOR THAT SPORTS A DOG SPEARED ONTO A PITCHFORK.
Now that's something I gotta see.
Ahhh those moments when you watch a random film on Netflix and it turns out to be fantastic! A cat and mouse crime thriller at its best. With a simple enough plot, and with well placed twists and turns, Headhunters is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Lo que comienza como un elegante thriller poblado de premisas interesantes, toma a eso de los 40 minutos un rumbo errático que termina desmoronando el conjunto bajo su propio peso en una loca huida hacia adelante. Personajes histriónicos, situaciones implausibles, giros de guión cogidos con pinzas que se resuelven a golpe de varita mágica... Llegado un momento, el shock value (del que el guión abusa) deja paso a una sensación de "todo vale" más propia de un tebeo de Mortadelo. Pasé buena parte del metraje esperando la siguiente ocurrencia con la ceja levantada, preguntándome qué tipo de película pretende ser Headhunters.
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Oddly heart-warming amidst the nihilistic action.
A thriller, a dark comedy, a love story, and a heist movie all wrapped up in one.
This is a really entertaining movie. It keeps you on your toes and guessing all the way through. At the same time it feels very light, even with all its thrills its never really stressful. Im not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. What I do know is that it makes for a very fun movie that can be watched at any time. It all results in a nice blend of genres that all end up working together really well as the film starts connecting all the dots leading up to a satisfying conclusion.
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