now, Norway’s economy is a lot like our own.
There are way more job-seekers than open positions to fill. At such times, if a recruiter sends you on an
interview, you go, even though you might be leaving a few stray valuable
objects d’art lying about your home unguarded.
That is Roger Brown’s racket, but it turns unexpectedly deadly in Morten
Tyldum’s Headhunters (trailer here), which opens this
Friday in New York and also screens this afternoon as part of the 2012 San FranciscoInternational Film Festival.
is a man slight of stature, married to his bombshell wife, Diana. Suffering from a king-sized inferiority
complex, he has allowed them to live beyond their means by burglarizing the
homes of his executive search clients.
With his house of cards on the brink of collapse, Brown’s prayers appear
to be answered in the person of Claes Greve.
Not only is the former tech CEO the perfect candidate for a plum
position Brown must fill, he also owns a genuine Rubens painting of rather
dodgy providence. Win-win, right?
when Brown starts to suspect the younger man and his wife are carrying-on an
affair behind his back, he sabotages Greve’s campaign for the position. At this point, Greve reacts more forcefully
than Brown anticipates. Mouse, meet cat.
Headhunters is quite a nifty
Tyldum has a good handle on the material, constantly ratcheting-up the
tension, but periodically using black comedy to release some steam. In his hands, the frequent twists are
entertaining rather than forced or exhausting.
also has a nice looking cast to focus on.
Especially bankable is the presence of Game of Thrones alumnus Nikolaj Coster-Wladau, now world famous for
playing Lena Headey’s brother (and other things), Ser Jaime Lannister, here perfectly
cast as Greve. As Diana Brown, former model
Synnøve Macody Lund certainly looks the part, but she also has some kind of
nice dramatic moments as well. In the
lead, Aksell Hennie’s Brown holds the film together while coming to grief quite
Based on Norwegian mystery writer Jo Nesbø’s
first book outside his bread-and-butter series, Headhunters engages in some of the same far-fetched anti-corporate humbug
undermining so many recent domestic crime dramas. However, Tyldum keeps the roller-coaster
loop-de-looping at such breakneck speed, it is not so distracting. Definitely a dark but thoroughly enjoyable exercise
in skullduggery, Headhunters is
easily recommended when it screens today as part of this year’s SFIFF and opens
theatrically this Friday (4/27) in New York at the Landmark Sunshine.
Labels: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Scandinavian Cinema, SFIFF '12