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.
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…
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…
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…
Denna film gillas verkligen, tredje gången jag ser den. Även Jo Nesbös bok har jag läst.
This is above you're average thriller
Verges on the ridiculous, but I suppose that's the point of this near-send-up of the corporate thriller, courtesy of one of the stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.
The premise is good. Roger's a gifted art thief and a successful businessman. He's calm, cool and collected in either vocation. When he crosses the wrong man, his world gets turned upside down. The action is intense and pretty constant during most of the second half. The wits, that make him good at stealing and reading people, help him get out of some very tight spots in mostly plausible ways (surviving a car going over a cliff is pushing the reality envelope).
However, Roger is too frantic when his life is in danger. Someone who was self-assured early on shouldn't act as helpless as he does. The twists are either predictable, or, in the case of the big final one, I just didn't care. Finally, the protagonist seems capable of carrying all manner of illegal activity without getting even suspected by authorities.
La completa locura de su segundo acto, donde retoza con el humor negro, queda un poco desgajada del resto de la película, donde el tono es más convencional, pero en cualquier caso es una deriva bienvenida en un thriller de temática relevante para nuestros tiempos: los problemas derivados de intentar mantener un tren de vida insostenible... y, en este caso, realmente innecesario (o, si uno es más de rimas, "demasiada ambición lleva a la perdición". Habría sacado una a lo Mairena, pero no estoy inspirado). Eso sí, cuidado con el final, que deja un regusto demasiado complaciente y algo alejado del cinismo al que parecía oler el asunto.
Headhunters starts off with a very familiar and unoriginal plot, but 20 minutes into this movie, I was hooked. The action sequences are amazingly done and very, very suspenseful. The plot actually turns into something very unpredictable, and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire lenght of the movie.
Great performances from pretty much everyone and a very strong script and direction make this indie Norwegian flick a must-watch.
It lacks depth and tries for shock value at various points. It's a thriller, just a series of events that's meant to be exciting. That kind of thing doesn't interest me unless it's exceptionally well-crafted, i.e. No Country For Old Men. Also, NCFOM explores things like good and evil, criminality, human nature, actions both positive and negative having consequences, blah blah blah. Whereas Headhunters doesn't delve deeply into characterization or thematic elements at all.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Supremely entertaining flick coupled with great acting, solid character development, supreme directing and those unflinching violence to boot.
One hell of a ride.