SCANDINAVIAN thrillers have been very successful over the last few years. The Stieg Larsson novels, which feature feisty hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander, have translated well to the big screen while TV series’ such as Wallander and The Killing have also gained critical acclaim. Hoping to follow in a similar vein is another slick Norwegian thriller, Headhunters.
Roger (Aksel Hennie) is a major player in the higher echelon of the recruitment business, a big time headhunter. He has a stunning and charming wife Diana (Synnove Macody Lund), a multi-million pound dream home and expensive tastes. The reality is that that even with subsidising his income with some high art thievery he is living well above his means. When Roger is seemingly inadvertently introduced by his wife to a dashing major CEO Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who just happens to have a hand-me-down Rubens knocking about, it looks like his money troubles could be over. In scoping Greve, Roger finds out that he is dealing with an ex-crack army guy who specialises in tracking people down - a headhunter of a different type. For the most part the movie is an enjoyable ride if you let slide a number of slightly implausible outcomes. There are some good twists as the plot unravels and a few nice touches of humour along the way. The movie is a first adaptation from the novels of acclaimed Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo and on the basis of this movie probably not the last.
Headhunters is showing on the 18, 19 and 22 October at the London Film Festival
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