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Headhunters (Hodejegerne, Morten Tyldum , 2011) – Thriller

Roger (Aksel Hennie) plays a double life. His hidden one, art thief, puts him in trouble as he stumbles on the belonging of a former mercenary. Ensues a series of increasingly violent misadventures in the shape of a merciless race to the death.

If you care to see Morten Tyldum’s film prior to his wider international recognition, with English language Oscar nominated The Imitation Game, here’s a pretty interesting fare. But be aware, there is no limit to the suffering inflicted to the main character. It is not for the fainted heart. It doesn’t renew cinematic language but it’s well constructed and Aksel Hennie offers a usual strong performance.


Max Manus (Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg,2011)- Thriller-War

A film about real life WW2 Norwegian heroic saboteur Max Manus by Oscar nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (for Kon Tiki2012), that are currently making their way in Hollywood by shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It stars one of the great Norwegian actors of the day, Aksel Hennie (The Martian), as the title character.

A Conventional war thriller in its approach but pretty well helmed, directed with efficiency and fine pace Hollywood style. Hennie is excellent in the lead.


Next Door (Naboer, Pål Sletaune, 2010) Thriller-Horror

A sex thriller by the director of Junkmail with Kristoffer Joner (The Revenant) for its  lead.

Freshly separated, a man is seduced into rough sexual fantasies by his beautiful neighbor until, with increasing violence, he isn’t able to tell reality from fantasy

A film with some provocative moments and an ambiance created by good and creepy art direction but falls a bit short toward the end… worth a look.


Nokas (Erik Skjoldbjærg, 2010)- Thriller

An account, by the director of the original Insomnia (1997), of the biggest heist (at the time) in Norway’s history.

With a crew of eleven heavily armed men, the interesting thing about Nokas, especially for the Heist genre, is the absence of the unnecessary swearing and excessive violence inherent to these productions and the relative calmness of the bandits as the situation, blocking the center of Oslo, is obviously so particular for the police that they, at first, try everything not to engage. Thus we get a cat and mouse play of observation that seems at time more of a chess game than an invitation to a carnage.

There is something almost gentlemen-like that makes it a rarity and a very interesting take on the subject.


Troll Hunter

(André Øvredal 2010)- Fantasy-Horror

A student film crew on the trail of a supposedly killer bear follows a mysterious hunter that turns out to be a troll hunter…

It’s of course a bit silly and I’m not too keen for the false documentary style adopted here (and even not a fan of monster films) but I have to admit it’s effective. Otto Jespersen,
as the Troll hunter, offers enjoyable moments and the FX department makes this actually work. And I know you like Trolls. Why Not?

Yours to discover!

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