Film / Headhunters

Headhunters (Hodejegerne) is a Norwegian film made in 2011 starring Aksel Hennie as "Roger Brown," a diminutive talent-seeker who covers his extravagant spending by stealing precious works of art. One day, he stumbles upon a 100 million dollar artwork owned by the handsome, mysterious, and taller Clas Greve, a former CEO of a GPS company seeking to lead Vanguard, Brown's company. What begins as a heist movie soon becomes a game of life and death, with a sense of twisted humor.

Summit Entertainment has bought the rights of this film before its release: a US adaptation, directed by Sacha Gervasi, is in the works. Based upon Jo NesbÝ's novel of the same name.

The film provides examples of:

  • Chekhov's Gun: The videocameras Ove placed facing the chair, but not his bed, that could be discretely activated. The blanks used by Ove and Natasha. Clas's gel with thousands of transmitters.
  • Chessmaster: Both Roger Brown and Clas Greve are great at this.
  • Determinator: Roger Brown and Clas Greve.
  • From Bad to Worse: Roger Brown through most of the film.
  • Gorn: It's very graphic, especially the policemen's face after getting hit by a semi truck and falling off a cliff.
  • Gratuitous English: Vanguard. Ove also speaks to Natasha in English.
  • Important Haircut: To fake Roger Brown's death and get rid of the gel that had transmitters.
  • Mood Whiplash: Brutal violence, extreme tension, harrowing situations, but in the end it focuses suddenly on themes of love and empathy, and everything wraps up as neatly and tidily as any film in recent memory, complete with confident voiceover, a snappy callback closing one-liner, and a pop rock song over the closing credits. Kill List this ain't.
  • MacGuffin: The painting. Subverted: it was a replica to begin with. The story was made up to find a way into Roger's personal life.
  • The Napoleon: Roger admits in the opening narration that he spends his life overcompensating for his 5'6 height
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Necessary because of the tractor scene.
  • Oh Crap!: a literal example in the outhouse. Qualifies as Squick.
  • Shout-Out: to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Some shots from the Swedish film were incorporated.