Headhunters (2011)

Headhunters-film

Headhunters – Morten Tyldum

Hodejegerne (original title)

Summary:  On the surface successful headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) has it all; the modern house, the job, the beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) and a never-ending wallet.  But secretly, he funds his extravagant lifestyle by stealing spendy art pieces from the homes of private collectors.  He is investing a bulk of this money into his wife’s new art gallery, unbeknownst to her about where the funds really come from, and on the gallery’s opening night she introduces him to Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.)  A former mercenary and perfect candidate for the role Roger is currently recruiting, his wife later tells him Clas also owns a priceless piece of artwork thought to have been stolen by the Nazi’s during the war.  Always risking everything to continue supporting his lifestyle, Roger decides to steal the most valuable artwork yet.

My Review:  Right from the get-go this film comes swinging in with an addictive pace and slick style throughout.  Initially opposing Roger at first, your will towards him soon bends and turns as you’re taken on his incredible and wrought journey created from his own consequences; you may amazingly even feel sympathy for the poor guy.  To me the plot was smart, well-thought out and enticingly witty, although others have disagreed you can’t deny the film’s charm alongside the on-point casting.  It’s made all the better in the finishing scenes that reveal the film as unconventional, unpredictable and yet still satisfying. An unusual but great thriller.

My Rating: 4/5

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