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Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (2010): Great Fun.

Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (Morten Tyldum, 2011)

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Never hunt the wrong head.

Fun little thriller, based on the Jo Nesbo novel of the same name, about a corporate headhunter, Roger Brown (Cold Lunch‘s Aksel Hennie), who dabbles in grand theft in order to finance his wife’s lavish lifestyle. At an art opening, he meets the almost-too-good-to-be-true Clas Greve (Mama‘s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), not only a perfect fit for a job he’s got open, but the owner of an original Rubens that seems to be just sitting around collecting dust. The problem is, Clas Greve is also ex-Special Forces, and he doesn’t like people taking his stuff…and if I tell you how the cat-and-mouse game between these two guys even begins, we’ll be getting into spoiler territory. Let’s just say that the heist goes horribly, hilariously (if you have as warped a sense of humor as I do) wrong, and things only get worse from there. You won’t believe how much worse.

It’s a fine, fine little movie, tight and funny and very well-acted by the principals. It doesn’t do any envelope-pushing, but who cares? Sometimes all you need is a good, well-paced thriller. After all, look at how much money the Bourne movies made, and Headhunters is better than any of them. Unfortunately, Hollywood, smelling blood in the water, is planning a remake for 2014 (as I write this, Mark Wahlberg is rumored to star). I guess people just don’t want to read subtitles, huh? *** ½ 



About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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