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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…
The plot, the plot! Best plot since the last good Tarantino
Great film. Highly recommend it to those who want to seek out good foreign films. It's gritty and has charm.
I’ve only seen a handful of foreign thrillers and Headhunters, from Norway, released in the states in 2012, is among the best and most exciting and thrilling. It hits every note it should, and several you don’t see coming. The director, MortenTyldum, would follow up this film with the Oscar nominated biopic The Imitation Game. While that film goes out of its way to be a conventional biopic, Headhunters does not use genre conventions as crutch or let them hinder its story or characters.
Headhunters stars Aksel Hennie as Roger Brown, our protagonist and narrator. He is 5’6” tall and insecure, so he overcompensates. He lives in house he cannot afford and does not like, but he thinks his statuesque…
Unpredictable & darkly comic, both visually and narratively thrilling.
Opening of the film:
"Wow, this Roger guy sounds like a cunt. I hope he dies."
50 minutes later:
"Yep, still a cunt. I still hope he dies."
2 minutes later:
"Woah Roger, really? You're doing THAT???"
1 minute later:
Roger is a fucking legend. I hope he wins."
Ladies and gentlemen: the redemptive power of poo.
Wow. I went into this knowing nothing other than 1) the brief Netflix description and 2) someone who listens to my podcast recommended it to me. I went in for the most part blind and had such a great time watching this. The characters were fascinating and never simply stock – they all had complexity. The story was constantly turning left when I thought it was going to go right. Very clever twists and turns with great setups and payoffs designed with crafty intention.
Morten Tyldum's direction and the stars' performances were all top notch. Taut storytelling and pacing in the edit. Great action moments. It's just solid all across the board. Honestly, I can't recommend this movie enough. Check it out – it's streaming on Netflix right now and it deserves to be seen!
Good fun. If remade in the U.S., I almost guarantee the dog's death will either not be played for laughs or disappear altogether. And the movie will be less fun.
Excellent thriller. Plenty of twist and turns. Nice to have a film that is so fresh and original. Watched on Netflix. Definitely recommend.
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…