When the Norwegian film, Headhunters, was released in Norway last year it was promptly sold to over FIFTY countries, setting a new record for any Norwegian film. And with good reason. It’s a super slick all-action suspense thriller that holds its own with the best of them. As this film is also an adaptation of a best-selling book, written by Jo Nesbo, the comparisons with Sweden’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be obvious, especially as there are numerous winks to the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy throughout the movie (we’re still wondering if that was a deliberate subliminal “come and get me” call to Hollywood.) That’s really where the comparisons end though because this is an altogether more high-octane affair designed to leave you breathless.
The story follows a social high-flying Headhunter who feels pressured to live beyond what his actual income will sustain. To cover the difference he indulges in a secret life as an art thief. When his social climbing wife introduces him to a man who owns a particularly valuable piece that could set him up for life he starts to weave a plan than soon spins out of control and makes him a hunted man:
Headhunters will be building on its growing cult following when it opens here in the UK next week. From that point it’s only a matter of when for the US remake – no recognisable actors or dialogue, set in Europe with fast moving subtitles…..? It’s not an overall combination that audiences in Utah easily gravitate towards. The reports are that Mark Wahlberg has already lobbied for the lead role.
It seems a shame but the original version is well worth your attention, even if it’s just so you can compare it to the remake when that finally gets done. We’ll have more on next weeks new releases on Monday but of your spending your weekend with Titans, Pirates or any other kind of character come back and let us know your thoughts in the comments.