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Summary: Intense and entertaining thriller packed with twists and based on award winning mystery writer Jo Nesbo's novel, Headhunters' stars Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as an elite headhunter who finances his lavish lifestyle by stealing art from his own clients. (tiff.net)
Story is weak and often doesn't make any sense. All characters are unlikable. So what if production values are high and it looks like a Hollywood movie. Hollywood thrillers sucks anyway. There are some very graphic scenes, and some silly humor.
Well, if the plot was just a bit more ridiculous, it could pass as a parody of every other thriller. But it somehow manages to get away with being a decent crime thriller and an enjoyable watch. I recommend it
Watched it in Boston Independent Film Festival. This one surprised me more and more with every passing minute. It started as an above average thriller, but then turned out to be an extremely sophisticated Checkov story, where every detail counts. Aksel Hennie is a mind-blowing actor. There are two scenes in this move that I will never forget (unflinching eye and hair cutting scenes) which I can say only for a handful of films.
You won't have much time to think about how ludicrous it all is because this constantly entertaining thriller never slows down. Hennie commands your attention, contrasting starkly with a wooden Waldau.
Finally, a massively critically acclaimed film that I enjoyed! Although the story takes a back seat, "Headhunters" more than makes up for it by being ridiculously fun and entertaining, sporting some amazing action scenes and a fantastic lead performance by Aksel Hennie. Strangely enough, especially for this genre, it isn't particularly violent (apart from one scene, which is very much so), the humor works and there's no CGI to be found. The toilet scene is hilariously disgusting. See it. Now.
Headhunters is a dynamic, engaging, hilarious, suspenseful character study brought marvelously to life by a taut script and flawless direction. Rarely does a movie change in tone and perception so fluidly as Headhunters and survive, but it wins from start to finish unabashed and builds to its impeccable conclusion seamlessly.
The narration, with its smug tone and heavy emphasis on exposition, is just awful. The story is really substandard and goes nowhere. The only time I was really thrilled was when the inevitable, idiotic plot twist kicked in, because I knew it would soon be over. But then I was wrong, and it comes full circle and concludes with even more smug exposition.
One of those movies that coast on by, and maybe you might stop afterwards and think about some of the things that don't make sense (or maybe you won't). But who cares! It's slick, polished, acted and directed well... and most importantly, it's just a lot of fun.
A very entertaining movie, a unique genre in being a action thriller sprinkled with some comedy. Towards the end things became a bit predictable but still was enjoyable. The presentation where the lead character narrates the story is good. Overall a very good movie, a good entertainer and must watch for one and all. Some scenes might make you cringe but great movie.
Tarantino meets Guy Ritchie and then some. That would sum it up!
A bit too exaggerated at times so it could have been even better if they tried to keep to plot even smarter. Nevertheless one of the most interesting movies of the year.
This film is crazy and all kinds of awesome, like a Norwegian heist film meets "The Fugitive" on steroids. Must've been gruesome for the lead actor but the narrative arc he's subjected to made it worth my while. The pacing is flawless and direction assured, all in all, highly enjoyable. I should note I was asked to join someone at the last minute, unaware of the plot or cast, like a person taking a leap into the unknown, whose outcome is uncertain. I believe this is how you should see this film.
endless of unlikely events pile on top of clichés. somehow I found myself enjoying the absurdities in a surely unintended way for a few minutes somewhere in the middle, but by the end of it I was getting nauseated.
A decent, if at times pretty ridiculous, crime thriller. Also I'm willing to bet that it will be the only movie you'll ever see where a Norwegian businessman is completely covered in poop, driving a tractor with a dog impaled on it. Well, unless you've seen some of my uncle Gerrit's holiday videos. Damn you and your twisted ways, uncle Gerrit. Damn you.