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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…
Com a fan dels llibres de Jo Nesbo (especialment la serie de Harry Hole) sabia que m'agradaria "Headhunters": un thriller amb molts girs i entreteniment assegurat.
As a fan of the books of Jo Nesbo (specially the series of Harry Hole), I knew that I would enjoy "Headhunters": a thriller with several twists and a lot of entertainment.
Dark and gripping.
I watched it with English dubs, which was silly. I would probably recommend watching it in its original language with subtitles. The dub is tolerable but pretty corny overall.
That being said, this movie was fucking awesome. A super thrilling film, with a lot of interesting twists. I don't want to spoil much, it's an intense ride. It's got lots of violence and a really good character arc for the main man.
The one main complaint I have is that the ending "explanation" or post climax decline was terribly done. It made no sense with his character arc to end up where he did at the end, and the music they chose was fucking terrible. It's not a bad ending per se, just the way its presented / voiced / acted / sound tracked is stupid.
Seriously though, this movie is bad ass and it certainly isn't boring, absolutely worth a watch, but not for the easily disgusted.
Why is this wannabe Ocean's Eleven sort of film so highly regarded on Letterboxd? I seriously don't get it!
I hated every minute of it and found it almost unbearable to watch. The plot is ridiculous, the characters are annoying, the acting is terrible and it's completely and utterly unfunny. It would be my clear number one on a worst of 2011 list. I would prefer to be forced to watch War Horse again rather than this crap.
An incredibly well made thriller with great bits of Scandinavian humor sprinkled in; and features the best outhouse scene in existence.
Cool film, really interesting style. Also the lead looks like a really young Christopher Walken.
I thought this was just an amazingly taught, and precise film. Just loved it.
A year ago my brother told me this one was unique. I’ve been waiting a long time to check it out. 8 outta 10. Holy crap, this was a good movie. Everything that can go wrong for the main character, Roger Brown (played by Aksel Hennie), does. It kinda reminded me of The Big Lebowski . The same way everything goes wrong for The Dude, everything goes wrong for this guy.
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