The hunt is on.
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary..
Cacería implacable, Jo Nesbø's Headhunters, The Headhunters, Jo Nesbøs Hodejegerne, Łowcy głów, Huvudjägarna
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…
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…
Headhunters is based on the novel by Jo Nesbø and directed by Morten Tyldum. Tyldum is an extremely solid director who only has had one real misfire (Passengers). His work in TV, Counterpart, is especially worth checking out. Headhunters is a Coen Brothers-esque film with incredibly dark humor, extreme suspense, and moments of gory, cathartic violence. At times this felt like the Norwegian version of "No Country For Old Men".
I don't really want to go into spoilers because this film is best enjoyed going in completely fresh. I'll just say that Aksel Hennie gives a wicked performance as his character arc is extremely.... just see it for yourself. It's fun seeing an early Nikolaj Coster-Waldau before he blew up…
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…
It's a pretty good indicator of just how lazy those who work in the film based media can be these days. After all, can you find a single sodding review in newspapers, magazines or film websites of Headhunters that doesn't make a mention of Stieg Larsson and/or his Millennium trilogy?
Because, let's face it, him and Jo Nesbo both wrote/write crime fiction and they're both from that cold bit at the top of Europe! Christ on a bike, with the similarities never end?! Next they'll be telling us they both wear socks! Headhunters is really nothing like that.
It is instead a crime thriller about a company headhunter who also happens to be an art thief on the side. When…
Brilliant crime thriller with a hefty dose of black comedy thrown in for good measure. The ending is a little pat, tying things up too neatly and smelling a little of Hollywood schmaltz (I'd be interested as to whether this was changed from the novel), but this is my favourite film of the year so far (released in its native Norway in 2011 but held back till 2012 in the UK, so from my POV it's a 2012 release).
the pace of "headhunters" is relentless; it's amazing how quickly and immensely things turn to sh*t for the protagonist, if you know what i mean. haha. i found all the plot twists fun to watch: sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific, sometimes both at once, in that tarantino-esque way. the film also reminded me a little bit of a sped up "blue ruin".
but "headhunters" is definitely nordic in flavour, bleak and thrilling. some of the later scenes are unforgettably outrageous! i like, however, that the narrative counter-balances its gut wrenching thrills with some tender moments too. beyond all the head-hunting, this is really a story about finding one's heart.
Anybody reading this and I mean ANYBODY! Netflix this right now!
Insecure semi-short man has only himself to blame as he experiences the most unlikely worst couple of days ever.
This is such a playful film. It shouldn’t be nearly as fun as it is. While watching this, I realized how much I disliked the main character because he’s so cocky and arrogant but as he is being chased, I felt sorry for him. He pulls off that because I can sympathize with him. The book had different subtle differences in it that just seem much like a book expand on characters while the movie is smaller. This is one I’m shocked Hollywood hasn’t tried to adapt.
Una muy buena película noruega, con una trama que se plantea de una manera sencilla y que según se desarrolla se va complicando, pero su puesta en escena hace que se digiera muy cómodamente. Un ejecutivo con un tren de vida superior al que sus ingresos le permitirían, en gran parte por complacer a su pareja, ha de tomar peligrosas medidas para mantenerlo y sin esperarlo se ve involucrado en una compleja trama. La película es cortita, hora y media y muy efectiva, no baja el ritmo en ningún momento y está muy bien rodada. Las escenas de acción muy bien llevadas a cabo y los actores muy bien en general. Una película muy recomendable.
Hatásos thriller: jó sztori, színészek, rendezés + némi humor, ts.kritika. Nem túl mély, ami nem is (nagy) baj. (10/8,5 - od)
This movie was suggested by Elsa Ronnigstan- who is at Mass General and is involved in Narcissistic personality Disorders. (NPD) She suggested that some movies are made - so it shows characters- that have no empathy. A Norwegian film- Roger Brown who wants to steal a painting - to support his lavish lifestyle but gets into trouble. It is not he who has NPD - but the person that he is stealing from. I would have never watched it - unless it was suggested - but I enjoyed it - since it was gripping! I saw it free online.
İyi bir aksiyon filmi
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
CARALHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! e eu achando que o roger tava mais do que fudido e de mãos atadas sendo que na verdade o cara tava literalmente dominando o jogo! puta que pariu, que plot sensacional! roteiro impecável, atuações impecáveis, direção impecável, trilha sonora impecável... CHEF'S KISS!
AMÉM NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU! 🙏
I appreciated this darkly funny Scandi-thriller even more second time around. Perhaps being sober DOES increase enjoyment of films? Food for thought.
loved it! i was skeptical at first, but it turned out to be a brilliant thriller, with a touch of dark humor, great performances and unpredictable twists and turns
A Norwegian thriller from 2011 that shifts among genres effortlessly.
Roger works for a high-end executive recruitment firm but his desire to buy “the good life” for his glamorous wife has forced him into finding additional part-time work, namely being an art thief stealing from the executives and job candidates he meets through work. But after successfully stealing a painting that's worth millions, things begin going wrong and soon get even worse. Will Roger be smart enough to figure out a way to not only live but maybe reclaim his old life?
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Ludicrous plot and too much gross stuff for me to swallow.
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