All films I've seen from Nordic countries...
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…
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…
Second time watching this film, and it was just as fun as the first time. I appreciated a lot of the subtle foreshadowing in the first act, and I loved Aksel Hennie's performance even more. Still a pretty high recommendation!
Pretty good fun, which was not hindered by the fact I've seen it before.
8.4/10 - Mr White
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Pretty average thriller with some good scenes and a terrific performance from Aksel Hennie.
Went in to this film thinking it was an art heist film but focuses little on that in favor of one mans survival and personal evolution.
the characters perspective on life changes as he goes through some bloody awful and intense struggles, brought about by Coster-Waldau's character who also plays a very convincing bad guy.
Not too much to take away from this film but if you love character studies and good strong arcs i would give this a watch. Definitely a movie i will remember though, scenes that stick with you.
Ingen & Eithne's 2016 Movie Challenge
April - The Nordic Countries
Norway, Sweden, Denmark
I've been a fan of Jo Nesbø ever since I ran across one of his books many years ago and thought "Hmm. That o has a line through it." I've read about 99.99% of his books and some are quite brilliant but "Headhunters" is not one of the better ones. I would venture to say it is my least favorite. Even with the fascinating topics of art theft and corporate headhunting at the core of the narrative, the staccato writing style, the outhouse scene, the animal cruelty, and the reprehensible characters made it a less-than-satisfactory reading experience. Thank goodness it's a short book and a quick read…
THIS. FILM. IS. THE. SHIT.
there is also a lot of shit, it really is quite disgusting.
Excelente cinta, muy incalificable, medio un Triller, medio comedia negra de enredos, medio cinta de acción.
Ambientada en el mundo de los 1% con una premisa super improbable la cual funciona en todo momento.
Observamos como se deteriora la psique y estatus del personaje central iniciando en un punto y llegando a un polo opuesto y regresando al punto de inicio.....todo un via crusis en el cual nuestro héroe no aprende absolutamente nada :P
Con una secuencia que involucra a un perro y un tractor la cual me sera difícil de olvidar.
A nice thriller, and one of the very few which also manages to be funny while still being suspenseful.
There are some movies that, even though they don't have the most original plot, still manage to surprise you. Headhunters is one such movie.
Meet Roger (Aksel Hennie), headhunter by day, art thief at night. Everything is going fine, until one day he robs the wrong person (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and now he is running away trying to survive a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
This premise has been done a million times before, and yet it felt fresh. It probably is because of its fast-paced direction, its clear cinematography, its likable anti-hero, its delightfully badass villain (played perfectly by the underrated Jamie Lannister), its both eerie and upbeat soundtrack. Or probably because I laughed around five times at this movie for…
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…