Saturday, June 23, 2012

Headhunters (2011)

The Norwegian thriller Headhunters tells the bloody tale of Roger Brown (not pronounced as it is spelled), a diminutive hiring consultant and art thief (Aksel Hennie) who compensates for his lack of vertical reach by stealing paintings out of his clients' homes and lavishing his statuesque art-dealer wife, Diana, (Synnove Macody Lund) with gifts he can little afford. His latest mark is Clas Greve, a former mercenary (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones) who appears to be everything the Brown isn't -- tall, handsome and imbued with otherworldly charm.  While burglarizing  Greve's home, Brown makes a discovery that sets off a cat and mouse chase that, quite literally, is the "sh*t." Director Morten Tyldum appears to have studied at the Paul Verhoeven school of visceral / visual excess. And as with much of Verhoeven's catalog (Robocop, Starship Trooper), the blood and viscera create artful patterns on the screen that enhance the smart and cagey story. Recommended.

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Queen & Slim

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