Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-waldau, Synnove Macody Lund, Julie Olgaard, Elvind Sander
It comes as no surprise that Mark Wahlberg and other Hollywood deal-makers have already bought the rights to remake the Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s livewire Headhunters. As accessible as any stateside popcorn thriller, Headhunters is tailor-made for popular consumption—well, except for those “pesky” subtitles. Oh, and the airtight plot developments, inventive scene structuring, and every other creative element that sets it apart from routine Hollywood product like Wahlberg’s recent hit Contraband.
The charismatic Aksel Hennie leads the way as a wealthy headhunter whose secret art thief hustles place him in hot, deadly water with a mercenary turned icy businessman (Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). A series of mistaken identities, near-death experiences, double-crosses, and the occasional disemboweled farm animal are all staged by Tyldum with precision and tireless verve; altogether, Headhunters is an exemplary piece of action-adventure cinema.