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Plot: Roger Brown works as one of the most powerful headhunters in Norway. To support his extravagant lifestyle, he is also an art thief, which he does in cahoots with his friend, the gun toting Ove Kjikerud. They replace the originals with forgeries, which go undetected at least until the trail back to them goes cold. His outward bravado, based primarily on building upon reputation, masks his insecurities, especially in his short physical stature. He feels he needs that confident demeanor and wealth to get what he wants, including his trophy wife, art gallery owner Diana Brown. However, he almost seems to like the thought of what Diana represents more than Diana herself. As such, he has a mistress on the side named Lotte. The issue of having a baby - Diana wants to get pregnant while Roger doesn't want her to - is another bone of contention in their marriage. The two sides of Roger's professional life intersect when Diana introduces him to Clas Greve, who would be perfect for the CEO position at Pathfinder, the job for which Roger is currently recruiting. Clas is also in possession of a priceless Rubens, which if Roger and Ove can steal it, would be by far their most lucrative theft to date. After he and Ove are able to steal the painting, things start going wrong for Roger. He learns that Diana is having an affair with Clas. And someone is trying to kill him. He learns that it is Clas, who seems to know his every move. Is Clas trying to kill him for Diana? Or because he knows about the theft? Or a combination of the two? Or is there a bigger picture which Roger will have to discover? Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 25 Aug 2011
Headhunters is FANTASTIC. If you hate subtitled movies, DON'T wait for the US remake - go and see it now, and have your mind changed in two hours flat.I have never read Jo Nesbo, but if this adaptation reflects the calibre of his novels, then he deserves every plaudit he gets - as do all connected with this very cool movie.The set up is original, the plot is twistily well executed, the characters are completely believable, the action is unrelenting and shocking, and the black humour is a complete joy.I squirmed, I laughed, I hid behind my hands, I gripped my armrests then laughed some <more>
more.This film kicks Hollywood's ass, and for fans of early Tarantino and the best of the Coen brothers, it's a must-see.
Smart, intelligent, engaging and surprisingly witty Headhunters (by OJT)
At first I have to say I read the novel of which this movie is based upon, "Headhunters" by Jo NesbÃ¸, two years ago. A thriller I liked quite a lot. Usually a novel is better than the film. Well, here Morten Tyldum Acclaimed films as "Buddy" and a short in "Most people usually live in China" , succeeded in making a film just as interesting and exciting as the book.NesbÃ¸'s writing is interesting. This is most probably why Jo NesbÃ¸'s first movie adaption of his series of novels with Harry Hole will be directed by Martin Scorsese, on NesbÃ¸'s demand <more>
- his favorite director.Actually I still kept being surprised as the movie went along. Not only because I can't remember all details in the book, but simply because the movie has a pace and also from time to time action-clipping which makes you feel poor Roger Brown's disasters. The handcraft is beautifully done. As simple as that. Actually this film was sold to more than 50 distributors in just as many countries before it even premiered in Norway. Probably both to the novel writers Jo NesbÃ¸'s for the latter years has become world acclaimed and compared to Stieg Larsson, buy maybe also due to director Morten Tyldums merits so far. Of course also credit to the producers, managing to sell on a promise!?Mark Wahlberg has said he was stunned by the film, and is now to make an American remake of it, with himself as Roger. Which, of course, is not at all needed. The original is as good as it gets.Well, back to the story. Roger Brown is a self-obtained headhunter for big companies, which has to steal art on the side to keep his woman happy. Or at least he think he has to do so. He has all the right connections, until he starts stealing from the wrong guy, while headhunting him as a new boss to a successful company. A former mercenary, or different kind of headhunter, he's turning out to be. When he understands that his greed has gotten him into trouble, he really finds out what it is, being headhunted.Both Aksel Hennie and Nicolai Coaster-Waldau is perfectly casted for this movie. SynnÃ¸ve Macody Lund does a decent job in her debut-role, as do the rest of the cast. Fun also to see that real working police-chiefs in Oslo are attending the police press conference in the movie. Didn't know that even was possible for them to be allowed to do that. This actually makes both an in-joke as well as making the plot believable and "true" in our country.It will surprise me if this film doesn't get a remake in Hollywood in less than two years. Not that it'll be as good as this, or even necessary. But that's how the Hollywood-world is, nowadays.No doubt, the script is good. So is in all aspects the rest of the film as well. The film is smart, intelligent, surprising witty, and will engage you all the way through, both as a good story as well as a love story or a thriller. How much more do you want?
You rarely get a movie this good (by thebackofmyhouse)
Wow. It has been a long time since I've seen a movie this good. The movie tells the story of Roger Brown, a headhunter who also has a side job as an art thief. His latest job goes wrong and things get out of control from there on. If I give any more of the plot, I will spoil the movie for you. And trust me, you don't want that. A big part of what I enjoyed about the movie is watching how crazy things go for Roger.Apart from the very intelligent story, what really makes the film standout is the character development, especially for the main character Roger Brown played excellently by <more>
Aksel Hennie. You start of seeing him one way, but by the end of the movie, your perception of him will definitely change. He goes through a lot and I mean A LOT in the movie. While watching the movie I kept thinking, "Man, give this guy a break". The intelligent story has a whole lot of heart as well.The acting was top notch from the 2 main actors, Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau who you may know as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones . SynnÃ¸ve Macody Lund who play Roger's wife Diana is beautifully good too. I hope she gets more prominent roles after this.This is one movie you shouldn't miss. There's a Hollywood version in the making but it would be very hard top this original.
Im from Norway, and the last years Norwegians movies that are known has been horror movies. So this is a kind of movies we don't get from Norway so very often. That the main actor was good, is no surprise - and he is the actor in many other movies as well. But this is probably the movie i have liked him most. He plays a character that have many flaws, and that does not act like a hero. And the story is a bit twisted - and surprising. I saw it with a friend from Philippines and we both agree that this is one of the best thriller we have seen in 2011. So hurray for this Norwegians movie - <more>
and lets hope it will come more in the years that come in this quality.
Not perfect, but way ahead of most films of this kind. (by upyoureuros)
I have seen some plot holes mentioned by other reviewers, but to be honest it won't spoil your viewing of this movie and I could even say that most films ask you for some kind of suspension of disbelief, otherwise you'd never go to the movies.I really didn't like the protagonist at all at first, but then your sympathy for him grows as he ends up having to do things that he wouldn't dream of in a million years, just to stay alive.It's all handled very well and moves along at a nice pace. There some particularly black moments when you almost feel guilty about laughing. But <more>
this film got a reaction from me, and for me, that's what a well put together film should do.
More Twists and Turns than a Fjord-side Road (by soncoman)
Roger Brown has a pretty good life. By day, he's a corporate recruiter headhunter who goes home at night to a magnificent house and stunning wife. Unfortunately, Roger's insecurities he's only 5'6" lead him to seek a lifestyle well beyond his means. How does he make up the difference between his income and expenses? High-priced art theft, of course.Such is the premise of "Headhunters," a terrific Norwegian film that follows up its run at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival with a general release. The film garnered quite a lot of buzz at the <more>
Festival and, after a recent screening, it's easy to see why. A mixture of crime/heist drama, action/suspense thriller, and love story, it's what the 1999 version of "The Thomas Crown Affair" might have looked like if it had been directed by Sam Peckinpah.Brown, played by Aksel Hennie, is looking for one big score to settle him for life. Circumstances bring that possibility to him, but things are not what they seem. Things go wrong - very, very wrong - and Roger finds himself in deep, deep sh** literally as well as figuratively. To say much more would spoil the intricate plot I'll leave that to the trailer, but suffice it to say you should just sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. This film has more twists and turns than a fjord-side road.Fast paced and extremely violent in spots, this film is not for the squeamish. If you can get through a little well, a lot of body mutilation, high impact body trauma and the occasional spearing, you'll find yourself enjoying yes, I said it â€“ enjoying a cinematic thrill ride that puts its American counterparts see Ocean's Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen, etc. to shame.Catch it before the typical half-assed American remake appearsÂ…www.worstshowontheweb.com
Pretty boy Aksel Hennie ginger beauty on a par with Julian Rhind-Tutt , proves to be well cast in this frantic thriller. Starting as an arrogant self-important but clearly insecure at just 5'6" office type, he soon shows his coolness in robbing job candidates of their fine art. The story is inventive and translates well to the screen in this version directed by Morten Tyldum. The action soon turns horrifying and Aksel Hennie has the perfect physiognomy to illustrate the change without recourse to words. You really do travel this terrible journey with him and it is truly terrifying. <more>
You begin to empathise with a man you have no reason to like, and that is saying something! Thank goodness there is no smell-o-vision as Roger Brown seeks refuge in a cesspool. There's nowhere for him to go and no way of hiding. You do feel he will never survive - and this takes you right to the penultimate scenes. A marvellous tour de force by all involved. Hurrah! A brilliant film at last!