Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Headhunters Offers A Job With Plenty of Thrills

We all know someone who is like Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), a man who compensates for his lack for size by driving an extravagant car or being overly confident. Normally this type of Napoleon Complex can be annoying to deal with. However, if there is ever a film that actually makes you feel sorry for the little guy, in a roundabout way mind you, it is Headhunters.

Working as a successful headhunter, Roger Brown knows that image and reputation is everything. He lives in a big house, drives an expensive car, and is married to a beautiful art curator (Synnøve Macody Lund). Although he may appear to have it all on the surface, the fact that he is only 1.68m (5’6’) weighs heavily on Roger’s mind. As a result, Roger moonlights as an art thief to ensure he can afford to shower his wife with lavish gifts. At the opening of his wife’s new art gallery Roger meets Clas Greve (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a former CEO and mercenary who happens to be in possession of a rare piece of art.

To divulge any more about Headhunters would take away from the many thrills the film has to offer. All you really need know is that Headhunters is a high stakes cat-and-mouse thriller where the mouse may not be completely sure why the cat is after him. The great thing about Headhunters is that it makes Roger an unlikable character from the very beginning. He is arrogant, manipulative, and just the sort of person who you would love to see get his comeuppance. However, when Roger quickly finds himself on the wrong end of the chase, you cannot help but feel sorry for him.

To say Roger that is put through hell is a bit of an understatement. In one scene Roger is forced to take cover in a truly disgusting hiding spot. The sad thing is that is far from the worse thing Roger is subjected too. Aksel Hennie does a great job in the role of Roger. He manages to nail both Roger’s affluence and his vulnerability extremely well. Hennie is the perfect choice to play against the equally suave Coster-Waldau. Those who are familiar with Coster-Waldau’s work on Game of Thrones, will not be shocked by how smoothly he can flip the switch from charming to menacing in this film.

As thrilling as Headhunters is, the film requires you to let a few things slide in order to truly enjoy it. There are a couple of moments in the film where the tension is eased by a sheer matter of coincidence. Just when you think Roger has reached the end of the line, something conveniently occurs to extent his life for a few more hours. Although this would be a major flaw in a lesser film, it is easy to look past it in Headhunters as the film is so wonderfully executed. Featuring a thrilling plot and wonderful performances Headhunters will have you at the edge of your seat the entire way through.


  1. Awesome review! Really enjoyed the film - it was thrilling and full of surprises and the acting was great. I hope Hollywood won't try to remake it.

    1. Unfortunately I heard that a Hollywood remake was already in the works. Tom Cruise was rumoured to be linked to the picture, which could actually work if he was to play the role of Roger.


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