Film Review: Headhunters

| 8 March , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Morten Tlydem
Starring: Askel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster- Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4/5

Corporate headhunter Roger Brown (Askel Hennie) is a man living well above his means. He has a modern house, fast cars, and a gorgeous wife whom he showers with expensive gifts. Life, Roger tells a prospective client, is all about reputation. So despite the fact that his bank account has been overdrawn by one-hundred thousand dollars, Roger straightens his designer suit, and continues to indulge in the finer things in life.


If he doesn\’t, he\’s afraid that his lovely wife Diana (journalist/former model Synnøve Macody Lund in her first acting role) will leave him. When it gets down to it he\’s just a mildly attractive, generally un-likeable guy. And most importantly, he\’s short, much shorter then Diana: the biggest bane of his rather successful existence.

In order to maintain appearances Roger moonlights as an art thief on the side, a fact of which his gallery owner wife is unaware. She introduces him to new friend, businessman Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster- Waldau) for whom she is doing some authentication work. Clas has inherited a lost Reubens, one of the most valuable paintings in modern art history. Roger hatches a plan to steal the painting out from under their noises; but the multimillion dollar work of art that Roger had thought would be his last job, might be his last for another reason entirely.

What starts as a smart heist film soon turns into an intelligent thriller, as Roger unravels a plot much deeper then he ever anticipated. Based on the bestselling novel by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is full of so many twists and turns you had better be paying attention. As another Scandinavian crime thriller, it will inevitably draw comparisons to the Swedish Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson. Rest assured that if you liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its cohorts, you will also like this film. What sets Headhunters apart, is the pervading black humour that has your mouth hanging open from incredulous laughter as often as from shock. Roger will do anything to save his own life, and I really mean anything.

An exciting crime thriller that is a cut above the rest: Headhunters is in cinemas now.


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