This stunning, exhilarating film based on Norway’s most popular fiction writer, Jo Nesbo’s novel, of the same name, is gruesome; a feast for cravers of guts and gore will have a gluttonously good time. Squeamish beware, you will be groaning and covering your eyes 25% of the film. “Headhunters” defies boredom; it is horrific and hilarious simultaneously, and staggeringly well-constructed.
From the slick beginning “Roger” (diminutive, beautiful, immensely talented Aksel Hennie) instructs the viewer on the “art” of the perfect steal; replacing genuine art works with passable fakes; in and out in less then ten minutes; owners unaware of the rape of their masterpieces. This clandestine enterprise supplements a lifestyle mountains above his means, a desire to satiate his wife, “Diana” (luminously lovely, statuesque Synnove Macody Lund) a goddess, a willow of wonder, beauty, refinement and genuine niceness, who is opening her own art gallery.
Roger’s day job as an executive “headhunter” for Pathfinders; his masterful skill of manipulation, cutting to the core of the interviewees with salient questions; Napoleonic in his control of the interview process; shattered when he encounters “Clas”(devastating handsome, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “Game of Thrones” fans will recognize him as “Jamie Lannister”); a mercenary with a mission and a “Rubens”masterpiece. Here are protagonists, brilliantly matched and meteoric in their respective quests; keen action, at times implausible, flawless entertainment at roller- coaster intensity; palpating chases, escapes that will seal you to your seats. Creatively, director Morton Tyldum, elaborates on a scene in “Slumdog Millionaire”, unforgettable in its grossness; desperation, survival, drive men to do the unthinkable.
“Headhunters” assiduously, exponentially plummets the viewer with genuine, pulsating pleasure; leaving the theatre lusting for more, knowing the exorbitant price of admission was worth every kroner.
FOUR & 1/2 STARS!!!!