Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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…
I like it when thriller movies get crazy. Well done. Now I want to read the novel.
This was pretty good. And quite gory at times. ;-)
If I'm not explicitly told, going into a film, that it's a black comedy or has black comedy elements, the humor completely blindsides me and my gut reaction is that the film is taking itself too seriously. It took the main character submerging himself in human shit for me realize it was okay to laugh. I'm not too bright, but I'm bright enough to realize that HEADHUNTERS is a clever and tense cat-and-mouse thriller. The escalation between the two leads unfolds in such an engaging way and I'm eager to watch it again.
what a wild ride
Why do Scandinavians make the wildest movies
Headhunters is a sharp idea but the rushed "this is how I did it" ending completely ruins all the fun had up to that point and renders it a pointless exercise in style.
"Headhunters is fast-paced, plenty violent, fairly funny (often darkly so) and contains a tightly twisty plot that damn near borders on confusing part of the time. But, that’s all part of the fun."
Headhunters is perhaps one of the most faithful page-to-screen adaptation I've ever seen.
Like the book, it is wonderfully tense. And, as thrillers go, Headhunters is one of the best I've seen.
It's interesting how Headhunters became an international Scandinavian thriller hit. It is a movie that already had an American remake in the pipeline before it was released, and it made stars out of its director Mortem Tyldum (who would go on to direct the Academy Award nominated The Imitation Game) and for some strange reason also its main actor, Aksel Hennie (who would go on to star in The Martian and Hercules); he's an actor I just don't really get. He lacks charisma and credibility. To to fair, he does a decent job here, and he's believable as a man with an inferiority complex. On the complete opposite side, we get Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the antagonist, who doesn't exactly do…
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