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Jo Nesbo's Headhunters [DVD]

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  • Actors: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund, Julie Ølgaard, Kyrre Haugen Sydness
  • Directors: Morten Tyldum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007W25I1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Roger Brown is successful, charismatic and always gets what he wants. By day he is an unrivalled corporate headhunter and husband to his beautiful wife Diana, but by night is a prolific art thief with a keen eye for great antiquities.

However, Roger’s ambition soon gets the better of him as he is lured into a dangerous game of cat and mouse when he goes after the biggest heist of his life, only to discover his victim is also a skilled headhunter in the most literal sense.

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  • Trailer
  • Behind Headhunters featurette


The rich work of Jo Nesbo has enthralled readers of his novels across the world, and the big screen adaptation of Headhunters proves equally compelling. It tells the story of the headhunter of the story’s title, a man called Roger Brown, who’s adept at finding the right person for the right job. But that’s not all he does: he’s also, in his spare time, something of an expert art thief, and that proves the catalyst for an involving, well-made, twisty thriller, one with a good number of surprises up its proverbial sleeve.

What’s particularly pleasing about Headhunters is the work it puts in to successfully put the basics in place. The narrative, after all, is strong, but it’s the character work that pays dividends. Everyone is painted to some degree in shades of grey, and it helps make the film itself a lot more unpredictable than your typical Hollywood thriller. A special mention too for the performance of Aksel Hennie in the lead role, whose uneasy shifts of tone make him utterly compelling.

The key addition to the disc release of the film is a special feature that digs into the making of Headhunters. It runs just over 20 minutes, and is enjoyable enough to watch. You get the trailer bundled in there too. The key attraction remains, though, a thumping good thriller, that puts the gimmicks aside in favour of telling a twisting story exceptionally well. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Richards on 27 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Headhunters is a truly epic piece of work through it's brisk beginning to ludicrous middle on to the twisty, thrilling and sombre climax, it really is a film to cherish.

This Scandinavian flamboyant thriller has one of the slickest production values i have seen for some time considering it's modest budget. The editing and camera-work is astonishing bringing to life even the most inanimate of objects..such as milk cartons!
The plotting of Headhunters is not as intricate or head spinning as it leads you to suspect, in fact come the middle third the narrative s there feverishly to help move things along as does the patience and virtue of the film's non-showy cast. In particular our anti-hero Roger Brown(even the name has a sense of irony and caricature)is one of the most well written and compelling of antagonists for some while and his values and worth all come to the fore front for the audience to either sympathize or frustrate in equal measure it might seem. Any ethical questions that arise are swiftly answered by surprising and often hilarious results. If the film has a tone, theme, message to it(it doesn't need one) it is that ones self can be awoken by the most drastic and sensational of really will never know what is round the Roger Brown says sometimes you just got to gamble!
Headhunters perhaps has one too many coincidences and 'would that really happen' moments perhaps but can be overlooked by the sheer audacity of it all. It will not be every ones cup of tea with its grisly scenes and laconic, parsimonious and dark humour but it has just enough convention to keep even the less attentive entertained.
Headhunters is the type of film that does not come around too often but when it does we all need to sit up and take note before Hollywood remakes it. An absolute joy!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 10 May 2012
Format: DVD
Roger Brown loves to live the high life. He has expensive tastes, a beautiful wife but all of this costs a lot of money and that is one thing Roger does not have a great deal of. He is keeping his head above the water and lives in fear of the future. His beautiful wife wants to start a family, Roger doesn't and is afraid he will lose her thus he lives the life of a high roller. The man is slick and from the beginning of the film he is cast as a rather horrible, vain character. In the end the viewer will perhaps have a different opinion. His job pays well but in order to spend big he must resort to stealing valuable pieces of art and replace them with forgeries.

So it comes to the moment when he crosses the wrong man. This man is Clas Greve, ex special forces member who also specializes in nano technology. He owns an extremely valuable piece of art which Roger views as being an early retirement package. And so the chase is on and Roger's life gets turned upside down rather quickly by a man who is just as smart and certainly more deadly. There is one scene in particular where Roger finds himself literally in the s***!

Thrills, spills, mixed well with some black humour and a dollop of action all combine to make it stylishly Scandinavian!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By JOHN GREEN on 28 April 2012
Format: DVD
I saw this at the cinema yesterday. I've not read the book on which it's based, but it certainly has a cleverly plotted and literate screenplay, with great flashes of black humour, and is highly recommended.

I think that what makes the film stand out from the glut of Scandinavian thrillers is the way in which the film reverses our sympathies. We start out loathing the main character, Roger Brown (played by Aksel Hennie), who is an absolute sleazeball - smug, greedy, manipulative and unfaithful to his gorgeous, but much taller, wife (his size seems to give him the sense of insecurity that drives him, and is mentioned at both the beginning and end of the film) - YET we end up rooting for him against his adversary, Clas Greve (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who also recently appeared in 'Blackthorn' as the young Butch Cassidy). And the reason why the film is able to change the way we feel about Brown is the way in which he is made to atone for his sleazy previous life through a succession of extreme, and often far-fetched, indignities suffered at the hands of Greve. And he is the ultimate survivor, who, once he realises what is going on, is able to put himself one step ahead of his tormentor. We reckon that anyone who can come out the other side of what he is subjected to deserves to come out on top. Yes, he is a sleazeball, but at least he's not as evil as Greve.

What also makes the film satisfying is that the minor characters are so well drawn, including Brown's two women, and, most notably, his partner-in-crime Ove Kjikerud (played by Eivind Sander) who is reluctant to give up his weekend with his Russian hooker to help perpetrate the crime that will inevitably, and literally in Brown's case, land them in the brown stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Deans on 29 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Were do i start with headhunters,id never heard of the film or the writer of the film before, i only bought on the very positive reviews i had read.
i love foreign films(generelly horror though), so subtitles i dont mind at all.
i absolutly loved every minute of this film from start to finish,when it actually finished i wanted more!!!
the acting, the characters especially the lead were top draw,the story twisting and turning in all directions was breathtaking.
foreign movie making at its finest, i would go as far as saying this is in my top 5 films of all time,the only non horror lol
go buy this film and enjoy every second of it,,you wont regret it,even if you dont watch foreign films give it a go!
5/5 a must own and watch!
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