Director: Morten Tyldum
Year : 2011
Genre: Thriller | Crime
Official Website: http://www.magpictures.com/headhunters/
This is a Norwegian film based on a novel by the same name by Jo Nesbo.
This is an action/crime thriller with a good pace and thrills.
Roger Brown(Aksel Hennie) is one of the most powerful headhunters in Norway and lives with his wife, Diana(Synnøve Macody Lund) of 7 years who runs an Art gallery. Roger lives well beyond his means, and unknown to his wife is also an Art thief in cahoot with a gun-loving Ove Kjikerud(Eivind Sander).
Roger is indicated to be aware of his short stature and that seems to be his primary insecurity and a reason for is flamboyant lifestyle to ensure he can hold on to his trophy wife, who is yearning for a child while he is against it.
He is introduced to Clas Greve(Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a top-notch security specialist, by his wife at the opening of her Art gallery. Roger thinks Clas would be perfect to head a new security firm, Pathfinder, and sets him up for the position.
A conversation with his wife tells him that Carl has in his possession a rare painting which could be worth a fortune.
Roger sees this as his opportunity to make a lot of money and in Carl’s absence goes to steal the painting. There he finds his wife’s phone which confirms the suspicion he has that Diana was cheating with Clas.
He returns home with the painting, and the next day marks his journey to hell beginning with the discovery of a seemingly dead Ove sitting in his car.
What follows is a thrilling ride where Roger keeps running into more and more danger, and a deeper hole. He has no one he can trust, and is being tracked by a cold, methodical hunter. Why is he being hunted? Will he survive?
This is a very good thriller. Quick paced with good twists and turns. Enough for you to enjoy the thrill without getting too dizzy and having to spill your guts. Having been nominated for several awards, including the BAFTA, this comes as no surprise that the film is already headed for a Hollywood remake!
The Good: Deft editing and a wonderful performance by Aksel. This is his movie completely. He is the calm, confident headhunter, the wary and calculating art thief, and the panicky, scared man. Aksel play each and every part with great conviction.
The Not So Good: I wish there was an alternate to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He just does not work for me.
The plot has some obvious holes which I cannot state due to its spoiler nature. I guess this comes in trying to adapt a screenplay from a novel.
The Verdict: Recommended