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Headhunters (2011)

Crime Drama Thriller



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Director: Morten Tyldum

Cast: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund

Runtime: 1h 40 mins

An exhilarating thriller which doesn’t rely on Crazy stunts or CGI to make an engaging film. Headhunter focuses on developing its characters and story to provide a well-acted and exciting film where no one can be trusted.

Headhunter Roger Brown (Askel Hennie) has it all, a good job, a massive house and a beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund), which seems like the good life. But due to Roger’s insecurities he lives beyond his means, spending ridiculous amount of cash to impress his wife who he believes is out of his league. But to keep up this lavish lifestyle Roger Brown works as an art thief on the side and steals valuable paintings.

The film has very good pacing; it begins with an insight into Roger’s life, his main job as an accomplished headhunter, his problems with his wife and his secret job as an art thief. After the detailed insight of Roger’s life, the thrilling chase begins. Brown gets the opportunity to steal an extremely valuable painting from Clas Geve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a former mercenary. Unaware of what Clas is capable of, Brown attempts to steal the painting and ends up in a deadly situation. The story suddenly takes a dark, grisly and gory turn, as Clas Geve uses his advanced skills to track down Roger Brown.

Headhunters is an intelligent, gripping, suspenseful and well-paced Norwegian thriller which will keep your eyes glued to the screen and have you feeling a sense of danger throughout. The movie is filled with unpredictable twists, well-casted characters and sometimes gory scenes. Although there are a lot of movies with the typical cat and mouse chase storyline, Headhunters has a fresh and clever take on the familiar thriller plot, which makes it worth your time.

Similar movies: Flickering Lights, Adam’s Apples


  • well-paced
  • well casted
  • Interesting storyline


Overall an unpredictable, dark, thrilling & well-acted film which has a fresh & clever take on the familiar thriller plot.


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