Having already read a few of Jo Nesbo’s exciting and gripping crime thrillers, (I would like to read The Snowman and the Leopard Next) I would also like to go and see this film, which is Based on the Jo Nesbo bestselling crime novel of the same name, Directed by Morten Tyldum the film stars Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Aksel Hennie, who reminds me a bit of Christopher Walken, stars as a treasurably unpleasant anti-hero, named Roger Brown who works as a corporate headhunter, who is driven by insecurities about his inner worthlessness and radiates smirky arrogance, greed and amorality.
Roger lives in an expensive modernist house with a gorgeous blonde trophy wife (Synnove Macody Lund) who suddenly announces that she wants babies, Roger meanwhile is far more interested in commitment-free sex with his mistress — until she starts getting too possessive, whereupon he callously dumps her.
However All is not as rosy as it appears, and Roger’s life is in a vary precarious state for Unbeknownst to his wife, Roger pays for his extravagant lifestyle with a profitable criminal sideline. Through his work, he finds out if top-level businessmen have any valuable art Then, with the help of a security man, he breaks into their houses, steals the originals and replaces them with fakes.
Unfortunately though Roger’s nice little earner comes unstuck when he tries to steal a priceless Rubens from his latest victim Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who turns out to be a former Dutch special services soldier and newly retired CEO of a surveillance firm. Clas turns out to be even more ruthless and deadly than Roger, and Even Roger’s ratlike cunning can’t save him this time and he is forced to go on the run and gradually ditch all signs of his former success in order to escape his pursuer, and increasingly he starts tolook like a hapless petty thief who’s ventured into territory that’s way over his head
According to many reviews I’ve read, Headhunters has enough excitement energy and invention to keep anyone on tenterhooks throughout. I can see many people comparing Headhunters with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was made by the same producers. I just hope Hollywood don’t make a rubbish and pointless remake with lots of impressive looking stunts, loads of explosions and action but none of the subtlety, black comedy & mischeivous sense of humour which make the original novels so good.