Headhunters is an action/mystery movie that revolves around the story of a man named Roger played by Aksel Hennie. A scoundrel who seems to be Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. As he lives a life of luxury by stealing art he is brought into a new game as his wife introduces him to a former mercenary that have in his hands a very valuable painting. This quest will turn the tables on him as he becomes a hunted man. A lot buzz has started coming in for this new movie, Headhunters. Let’s take a look on why Headhunters is a movie to watch out for.
“What Makes Headhunters A Timely Movie?
Every few years a different part of the world has a nice cinema awakening or resurgence, and for a while it seems that a lot of the well-made movies of the time are coming from one spot. The 1960’s belonged to the French, as the French New Wave changed the way artists approached filmmaking and storytelling. The 1970’s were the golden age of American cinema. The Chinese action movies of the late 80’s and early 90’s changed how Hollywood made films. Most recently in the last decade the South Koreans have cranked out amazing movie after amazing movie.
So is it Scandinavia’s turn now? Between the popularity of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the cult hit that is Let the Right One In and the hilarious and slated for an American remake Danish comedy Clown, it seems like they are on the verge of becoming a new hotbed for exciting and successful cinema. And maybe the wild ride that is the Norwegian action thriller Headhunters will help push this region and its artists and filmmakers over the top. Apparently there’s now a genre that can be called Scandi crime or Scandinavian film noir, and if so, Headhunters is a pretty slick and awesome example of what this genre could provide.
The story is centered on diminutive and kind of weird and sickly looking Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie, Max Manus: Man of War), a corporate headhunter who prides himself on reputation and does the typical overreaching of his finances to appear bigger and more successful than he actually is, both to impress his business associates and to keep his very tall and very beautiful wife from leaving him for greener (and taller) pastures. So to help supplement his income, he also steals valuable pieces of art and sells them on the black market. When his wife opens an art gallery, he is introduced to Clas Greve (Nikolai Coster-Waldau,Game of Thrones), who might be a perfect fit for a CEO gig Roger is headhunting for, and who also happens to have an extremely valuable piece of art just waiting to be stolen. So Roger gets Clas into his own game of cat and mouse, but it doesn’t take long for this game to get twisted back around on Roger.”
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Headhunters will have a wide release on April 27th 2012.
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