Genre: Action Thriller
Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Language: Norwegian, Danish
Duration: 98 min.
Roger Brown is an elite corporate headhunter who finances his lavish lifestyle by stealing art from his own clients, but trouble ensues when he targets a rare and valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
Headhunters is a film directed by Morten Tyldum, based on a bestselling novel written by Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbø. It premiered at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival.
This one's a high adrenaline thriller filled with twists, turns, and ample amounts of Scandinavian black humor. It stars Aksel Hennie as Roger Brown, a successful headhunter who lives far above his means in order to impress his gorgeous wife (Synnøve Macody Lund). To support this lifestyle of fancy clothes, lavish modern house, and fast cars, he conspires to steal expensive art from his clients. Soon he is introduced to Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a former mercenary in the possession of a rare and presumed lost painting, and of course this easy mark ends up being too good to be true.
Pure enjoyable entertainment is what this film is, with good amounts of tightly wound tension offset by some hilarious dark comedy. Not the least bit believable, but it has slick production values, strong acting, and a fast paced creative mystery that is unpredictable and cleverly executed from start to finish. Things do get pretty twisted and downright brutal for the main character, there are a couple scenes here that are guaranteed to make anyone cringe, but Hennie's great performance, and the overall lively energy of the film carry the otherwise over the top events very well.
It's rare for a mainstream film not from South Korea to be as refreshing and exciting as this, and that means of course that Hollywood has already optioned it for a remake. We'll see how that goes, but in the meantime I highly recommend tracking this one down and having a watch.
— Bonjour Tristesse