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The man from the TSS,
This review is from: Troll Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
A found footage/monster movie, made in Norway.
First up: It's a foreign film. Everyone speaks Norwegian [apart from one minor character].
Thus: It's got subtitles.
But the dvd does allow you to choose between watching it in Norwegian, with English Language subtitles.
Or watching it with all the dialogue dubbed into English instead. If you do that, there's no subtitles of any kind whatsoever.
So every taste in this kind of thing is catered for.
Almost all the extras are solely in Norwegian with English subtitles, though. The same options don't appear for those.
The dvd begins with several trailers. Which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.
The film begins with captions to describe how the footage came to light. It turns out to be film of a trio of film students who attempt to make a documentary about bear killings in a remote region, where they find a mysterious hunter. Who goes after different prey entirely. He keeps the local Troll population under control and deals with those who are causing problems.
Trolls as in the mythical creatures that live under bridges that is, rather than those who lurk on the internet. Chance would be a fine thing if anyone were to hunt them.
Hans, the Troll Hunter, allows the students to film his activities. And reveals a lot about his job. Whilst on a hunt that might be the toughest he's ever faced.
This is not a movie for out and out horror fans as the Trolls barely feature. The visual effects used when they do, though, are particularly impressive and look quite convincing. As with so many found footage movies action moments do tend to be jerky and blurry as the person with the camera is forced to run.
It finds humour in presenting an absurd situation dead straight. Which is the kind of thing that will occasionally raise a slight smile rather than make you laugh.
Of the characters, Hans is a very strong character with a great deal of depth. Also very well played, the actor creating a sense of a man with lots of hidden thoughts, simply by remaining matter of fact and saying little. Thomas, one of the film students, is initially difficult to like thanks to a pushy attitude, but becomes more relateable as the story goes on. The other two tend to tag along in his wake but do have their moments.
There's stunning Norwegian scenery throughout.
The length of the film means it does seem to sag a little pace wise in the middle, when you're still getting lots of infomation thrown at you. But from the halfway point on it does become plot based, and this particular thread is followed very well, tying it all together nicely and leading to a memorable final few minutes.
These do offer great character drama but the whole thing does have a rather open ending. Which may or may not frustrate. If it does, though, that should only be a minor complaint.
All in all a wholly original and very clever piece of work. If you're in the right frame of mind for something like that, it should more than suffice.
Those who are bothered by flashing lights be aware that there are a few scenes with those in here.
There are a few extras. As mentioned you can't watch these in English:
The original trailer for the film.
Six minutes [approx] of deleted scenes.
Two minutes worth of improvisation and out takes.
Five minute worth of extended scenes.
Five minutes of showing how some visual effects shots were done. This feature has no sound or dialogue at all.
A few short photo galleries.
A four minute long preview of the film from HDNET. Which actually is in English.
And twenty three minutes worth of behind the scenes footage. Which is quite interesting and amusing at points.