13 July, 2013

Jo Nesbø's Headhunters [DVD] [Ina, Mt Albert Library]

I don't read much of the Nordic Noir writers that the Nesbø belongs to, so I didn't know the story of this film adaptation, but I think in the end that was actually better as I was totally captivated by the story of this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

"Jo Nesbø's Headhunters" is a film that's really vibrant and suprisingly full of (at times rather black - I warned you) humour which tells the story of past-time art thief Roger Brown who steals famous paintings to keep his high end lifestyle afloat and his wife happy. When he hears of the old master painting a new aquaintance (who is more like a rival) is supposed to own, the temptation is too great - he thinks up a clever plan to steal it and retire forever rich. What he doesn't know is that he just got more than he bargained for, with the "victim" being an ex black ops tracker who doesn't take kindly to being stolen from and never gives up. Now Brown turns from hunter to hunted and it is a delight to see how he deals with the turned around situation, especially when nothing is as it seems.

I loved to suspense of trying to figure out who is playing whom, and as more information is revealed, you start to really root for Brown who has to think on the spot to turn a bad predicament into a revolutionizing fight for his own life. At times things become so crazy you start to wonder where it all will go, but somehow it is just so wrong that it feels totally right again.

 If you love good thrillers that are a bit off the beaten track and like some great cinematography set in beautiful Norway, you will have some crazy fun with this one.

Title: Jo Nesbø's Headhunters
Director: Morten Tyldum
ISBN: unknown
Publisher:  Yellow Bird Films
Year: 2012
Note: R16 - restricted to persons 16 years and over. Contains violence and sex scenes.

 - Ina, Mt Albert Library

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