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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…
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…
The movie started in an interesting way but as it goes on you realize it's not so good anymore.
An entertaining thriller with a lot of plot twists and a good dose of black humor. It's somewhat undermined by inconsistent tone and just plain silliness in the final act, but still, it's refreshing for an action thriller not to be completely idiotic.
Entertaining thriller about a art thief who bites off more than he can chew.
A pretty fine thriller/crime drama from Norway. Unknowingly I somehow ended up watching the version dubbed in English, whcih people seem to have hated, but I didn't mind it all. At least they actually bother with things like syncing, non-monotone speaking and several voices (*cough' unlike Latvian TV dubbing *cough*).
Anyway, the movie is perfectly watchable, even with some elements of a Guy Ritchie-esque plot points here and there.
Often thrilling and a great performance from the lead actor. It's just too cliche-ridden. From the mid-point the film starts to deliver answers to question raised earlier, but it delivers them in such tried-and-tested ways it's hard to be blown away by any of it's revelations. It's entertaining, absolutely, but it's too familiar plot devices mean it's ultimately just a run of the mill thriller.
Morten Tyldum's Headhunters is a delicious black comedy. It continually pushes plausibility for laughs, and wholly succeeds. It is a genuinely exciting chase film, with a high degree of silliness that only aids its entertainment. The film is headed by Aksel Hennie's supremely dislikeable Roger, who is ably supported by the implausibly handsome Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and best looking film critic in the world Synnøve Macody Lund. It is a clean, slick, Scandi thriller that is as big on laughs as it is on action. 95 minutes of pure entertainment.
Good thriller. Highest-grossing Norwegian film of all time !!.
Nothing new, simple art robbery & chase story. But acting, screenplay & hunting good :)
Watched mainly coz of Jaime Lannister:)
this movie was so awsome!!
I started headhunters with the american voice over. that sucks! after 15 minutes I realized I could just watch the norwegian version with subtitles (hodejegerne). glad I did that.
this movie has some really creative and epic scenes and often with a twisted sense of humor.
The Norwegian Mortdecai... And ten billion times better...
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