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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Headhunters Quick Review

Headhunters Quick Review
2012, 100 minutes
Rated R for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity

This is another film that you may need to do some searching for, but if you find it, you won't regret paying $10 and seeing it.  It follows a corporate headhunter who, when he crosses the path of a former mercenary, is hunted.  This film has gotten stellar reviews and is based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, but has not been advertised at all.  The violence in this film is very bloody and there is an incredible amount of sex.  Most films rely completely on these as ways to entertain the audience, but this film uses them the right way: as a complement to the story.  The story twists and turns (the dialogue is very witty) and with the very talented actors, a good score, interesting characters, and solid camerawork, the film held my interest the whole time.  And, I had fun.  Director Morten Tyldum keeps tight control over the film and with this, he inserts bits of dark humor and energy.  I had a very good time sitting through Headhunters and really don't have any complaints with it.  It definitely will appeal to the general public as it is not arty, but most will not see it.  An English-language remake is planned, but do yourself a favor, see this one.

-Joshua Handler

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