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Hodejegerne (2011)

Director:
Morten Tyldum
COUNTRY
Norway/Germany
GENRE
Crime/Action/Thriller
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Headhunters
RUNNING TIME
98 minutes
Producer:
Marianne Gray
Asle Vatn
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Jo Nesbø):
Lars Gudmestad
Ulf Ryberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Roger Brown Aksel Hennie
Diana Brown Synnøve Macody Lund ½
Clas Greve Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Lotte Julie Ølgaard
Jeremias Lander Kyrre Haugen Sydness
Brede Sperre Reidar Sørensen ½
Stig Nils Jørgen Kaalstad
Sindre Aa Baard Owe
Ove Kjikerud Eivind Sander

 

Review

Jo Nesbø's brilliantly inventive crime universe is brought to the screen about as effectively as can be done in the breathtaking action-thriller Hodejegerne (literally "The Headhunters"). Set in and around Oslo, the film has a Norwegian soul, but - as directed by Morten Tyldum - an international and timeless feel. This is a classic, clever chase film in the vein of The Fugitive, only in Hodejegerne, our protagonist is far from a saintly Harrison Ford; he is a highly flawed man with a Napoleon complex and a far too high personal consumption, which he supports by stealing expensive art. One of the best achievements of Hodejegerne, aside from its tight and technically flawless command of the action sequences and the ceaseless suspense, is how it sells protagonist Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) to us, and allows a complete dissection of him. Aksel Hennie gives one of his best performances here; he has to lay himself on the line in order to eventually win our trust and sympathy. And rarely has any principal character earned just that more than Roger Brown.

 

Copyright © 06.02.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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