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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…
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What Aksel Hennie lacks in height, he makes up for with his ability to impale dogs with a tractor while covered in shit.
Thoroughly enjoyed this.
Finally saw this. SO GLAD I did. Just superb. Brutal & superb.
This film made me laugh about a dead dog, which is rare. Perhaps the four star rating is a tad much, but I had so much fun. Everything happened really fast and didn't leave much time for reflection, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. The pace is actually a big part of what made this work for me. Bonus points for being engaging and somewhat original (as opposed to many other films I put in the fun category).
Headhunters is a great, pulpy, Norwegian, heist thriller from director, Morten Tyldum, based on a novel by Jo Nesbo. It centers around a professional headhunter/art thief named Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) who's put together a small crew to help him acquire and fence valuable, stolen artwork in an effort to maintain a the lifestyle that he believes he needs to keep his tall, sexy fiance. After crossing paths with a mysterious figure who appears to own the piece that will finally get Roger out of the game and into the money people begin dying all around him, and Roger must attempt to unravel the mystery before he become a casualty of it.
Headhunters is pulpy and over the top and…
Now THIS is a thriller!
The break-neck pace!
If you like thrillers with twists, you'll enjoy this. Good performances, nicely shot/edited. A bit off-beat, with a few coincidences, but overall a fun ride.
I haven seen much danish cinema but what i have seen is pretty good. Nice to see jamie lanister dressed different and aksel hennie delivers a very convincing performance.
Most generic writing I will ever do: Entertaining end-to-end. Could not turn this off! But all of that is true. Highly recommended for a fun screening. Tight plotting, solid direction, good sense of the absurd, doesn't make much sense, but doesn't allow that to be an issue.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…