Time Out Melbourne

This Norwegian thriller is deliriously entertaining

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a movie character? Shot, stabbed, beaten, tortured? How about exiled, chased, shot, impaled, savaged by a pitbull, involved in a tractor crash, chucked off a cliff and forced to hide in six feet of human shit? Luckily, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. Tyldum’s deliriously entertaining thriller, based on source material by bestselling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø, stems from a simple but hugely satisfying idea: serve up an eminently hissable central character, in this case part-time art thief and full-time corporate douchebag Roger (Hennie, who looks like the love child of Steve Buscemi and Rupert Grint). Then sit back and smile as he tangles with the wrong folks and is subjected to the most humiliating indignities the smart, streamlined script can invent. Pure joy.

By Tom Huddleston   |  

Headhunters details

Length: 101 minutes

Country of origin: Nor/Ger

Year of production: 2011

Classification: MA15+ - Under 15s must be accompanied by parent

Showing 01 Mar 2012-12 Apr 2012

Director: Morten Tyldum

Cast: Aksel Hennie, Nikolai Coster Waldau, Synnøve Macody

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