Everybody wants something. Nobody gets it for free. Not without stepping over corpses. The headhunt has begun.
This stunning, exhilarating film based on Norway's most popular fiction writer, Jo Nesbo's novel, of the same name, is gruesome; a feast for cravers of guts and gore will have a gluttonously good time. Squeamish beware, you will be groaning and covering your eyes 25% of the film. "Headhunters" deifies boredom; it is horrific and hilarious simultaneously, and staggeringly well-constructed.
From the slick beginning "Roger" (diminutive, beautiful, immensely talented Aksel Hennie) instructs the viewer on the "art" of the perfect steal; replacing genuine art works with passable fakes; in and out in less then ten minutes; owners unaware of the rape of their masterpieces. This clandestine enterprise supplements a lifestyle mountains above his means, a desire to satiate his wife, "Diana" (luminously lovely, statuesque Synnove Macody Lund) a goddess, a willow of wonder, beauty, refinement and genuine niceness, who is opening her own art gallery.
Roger's day job as an executive "headhunter" for Pathfinders; his masterful skill of manipulation, cutting to the core of the interviewees with salient questions; Napoleonic in his control of the interview process; shattered when he encounters "Clas"(devastating handsome, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. "Game of Thrones" fans will recognize him as "Jamie Lannister"); a mercenary with a mission and a "Rubens"masterpiece. Here are protagonists, brilliantly matched and meteoric in their respective quests; keen action, at times implausible, flawless entertainment at roller- coaster intensity; palpating chases, escapes that will seal you to your seats. Creatively, director Morton Tyldum, elaborates on a scene in "Slumdog Millionaire", unforgettable in its grossness; desperation, survival, drive men to do the unthinkable.
"Headhunters" assiduously, exponentially plummets the viewer with genuine, pulsating pleasure; leaving the theatre lusting for more, knowing the exorbitant price of admission was worth every kroner.
FOUR & 1/2 STARS!!!!