Headhunters (4 stars)


Jo Nesbo adaptation is breathlessly, outrageously entertaining

(15) 101min

The twisty, tangled, page-turning bestsellers of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo seem tailor-made for the screen. The narratives move with all the momentum of a runaway train and there are enough flawed individuals and crumbling moral certainties to provide substance as well as style.

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a suave, successful headhunter living way beyond his means and lavishing gifts on his trophy wife. He is also something of a Raffles-like gentleman thief supplementing his income by stealing rare artworks from his clients. Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his original Rubens seem like the perfect target, except Clas is prepared to fight back. The two men are soon engaged in a fight to the death that falls somewhere between a Road Runner cartoon and a Coen brothers thriller.

Director Morten Tyldum leaves little time to doubt the spider’s web intricacy of the plotting and both of the lead actors are a perfect fit for their parts in this tit for tat feud. It may verge on the unhinged at times but Headhunters is breathlessly, outrageously entertaining.

General release from Fri 6 April.

Headhunters (2011) Movie Trailer HD - TIFF

Jo Nesbo's Headhunters (Hodejegerne)

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • Norway
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Morten Tydlum
  • Written by: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg
  • Cast: Askel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund
  • UK release: 6 April 2012

Roger (Hennie) is a successful headhunter living beyond his means, who supplements his income with a double life as a gentleman thief, until one of his victims (Coster-Waldau) fights back. Tyldum's adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel is somewhere between a Road Runner cartoon and a Coen Brothers thriller: breathlessly…

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