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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…
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…
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…
Nothing spectacular, but entertaining.
Shorter-than-average corporate headhunter with a lucrative hobby,finds himself fighting for his life in this another great scandinavian thriller gem based on the book by Jo Nesbo.
Increiblemente entretenida, con un humor negro espectacular, actuaciones geniales, una historia bien realizada y accion excelente.
Very good and entertaining thriller that plays so well that we forgive some with fantastical elements - like a nuke the fridge moment and micro transmitters the size of dandruff - that we wouldn't in other films of this type because they stay so grounded in the reality of their situations.
An interesting thriller, and the kind of film I generally enjoy quite a lot. In fact, I know that had I not been watching it at home and been distracted at times I probably would have enjoyed it even more.
It's got a small cast, a simple enough concept, a tightly paced runtime, and a nice final twist. And while I wish the film had been more about art heists like the opening title sequence implied it was still an interesting piece that is unlike most of the crap that passes for "thrillers" these days.
Scandinavia, man. Keep your eyes on those guys.
It seems to be common trend lately that I finish my most recent book on Sunday and then jump straight into the inevitable film adaptation. I've done Parker (best book, worst film), The Big Sleep (great book, great film) and now Headhunters (average book, awesome film).
I've seen Headhunters before but I have a far greater appreciation for it now that I've read the book. The differences aren't large, but the film drops the comedy and cleans up the plot and twists. It makes a really exciting and taut thriller out of a book that, whilst readable, feels like something an old lady would read on a plane.
Incredibly fast-paced, thrilling, full of plot twists, and overall just really entertaining.
Headhunters (Hodejegerne) ** (6). Esta película noruega de Morten Tyldum (“Ángeles caídos”) adapta una novela negra de Jo Nesbø, y cuenta la historia de Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), un importante ejecutivo cazatalentos. Para poder satisfacer los caros caprichos de su esposa Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund) —una mujer espectacular ante la que Roger se siente físicamente acomplejado—, se ha buscado una actividad clandestina que mejore notablemente sus ingresos: el robo de valiosos cuadros. Pero Roger se niega a satisfacer el deseo más grande de su mujer: tener hijos. Un día ella le presenta a un brillante ex-militar, Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), que por lo visto tiene un Rubens auténtico en su casa. Pero lo que promete ser el golpe definitivo se…
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