Roger Brown has a complicated life and he watches it unravel spectacularly in HEADHUNTERS, a superbly gripping Norwegian thriller.
One of the best HEADHUNTERS in the country, Roger Brown finds people for top-flight companies. But then there’s the sideline of stealing art to pay for keeping his beautiful wife happy in the plush lifestyle they have (or so he thinks). When Roger’s told about a priceless painting that’s just waiting to be taken, it’s the catalyst for a breathless series of events that lead him to become someone else. HEADHUNTERS, based on Jo Nesbo’s successful 2008 novel, is a stylishly-told tale of ever spiralling violence and double-cross that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Directed with a good eye on tension and pace by Morten Tyldum, it has an absolutely fantastic central performance from Aksel Hennie. His Roger runs the gamut from being slightly smug and confident at the start of the film, to wonderfully vulnerable and touching by the end, as you realise that the confidence he portrayed was just a mask for the fear he was feeling. Hennie’s open face really allows you to go on this journey with him so that by the close, you’re really rooting for him.
He’s up against the formidable Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a terrific performance as his nemesis Clas Greve – a seriously smooth and dangerous individual. Their cat-and-mouse game also involves Roger’s wife, played with cool and stunning collectedness by Synnove Macody Lund and there’s also great support from Eivind Sander as Roger’s co-conspirator Ove.
It all adds up to a great and inventive way to spend a couple of hours. So, as HEADHUNTERS has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray, give it a try – it would be a crime to miss it.