Headhunters: Film Review

Headhunters

The boy with the dreadful complex.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a guy feels himself too short, too pale and too ugly for his gorgeously beautiful wife? Naturally, he over compensates. For corporate headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), over compensation comes by way of providing for his wife through dodgy means, namely stealing art objects. And he does fairly well at it until a new threat to his marriage and income arrives in the form of tall, blond and handsome named Clas Greve (Game Of Thrones’ Nicolaj Coster-Waldau).

This is what Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is all about. Adapted from Jo Nesbø’s bestselling novel, the Scandinavian thriller with script penned by Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryburg cleverly combines dark humor and brutal action with even proportions, which is rarely found in the genre. Roger Brown is not an overly sympathy-inducing character – he is vain, manipulative and cheats on his wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) with another woman (Julie R. Ølgaard) – and the threats Clas pose to him seem justifiable in the beginning.

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