Movie of the Week: Headhunters (2011)

Morten Tyldum directs Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund in this Norwegian crime thriller where a corporate headhunter moonlights as an art thief.

What starts out as a dry TV- resembling adaptation with staid narration and domestic setting suddenly warps into an absolute rollercoaster. By the midway point our anti-hero is covered in shit, hot wiring a tractor, a gunman breathing down his neck with a killer dog leaping at him… things only escalate from there. Wildly twisting until its last breath this thrashingly good rattler is hyper violent and blackly humorous. Askel Hennie stands out as the weasly lead who survives all manner of fatal situations even if it means continually degrading himself with improvised cunning. A nasty treat, one of the few movies to match the unpredictable glee of watching a Tarantino for the first time!


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