Headhunters

Based on the Jo Nesbo bestselling crime novel of the same name, this exciting and gripping crime thriller, Directed by Morten Tyldum is out on DVD. The film stars Aksel Hennie, 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. He lives in an expensive modernist house with a gorgeous blonde trophy wife ( Synnøve 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 despite outward appearances all is not as rosy as it seems, 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 decides to steal a priceless Rubens from a chap named Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who turns out to be a former Dutch special services soldier and newly retired CEO of a surveillance firm,

Roger finds himself caught up in a real nightmare when he discovers that Greve  is even more ruthless and deadly than he ever imagined, and even his ratlike cunning can’t save him this time as a deadly game of “Cat-and-mouse” develops and Roger is forced  to ditch all signs of his former success in order to escape his determined pursuer, and increasingly starts to look like a hapless petty thief who’s ventured into territory that’s way over his head..

 

Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock

Often regarded as one of the the greatest British filmmakers ever, the British film director and Producer,  Alfred Hitchcock KBE, was born in Leytonstone, London on 13th Augst 1899 and Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films and developed many pioneering techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres during which he created a distinctive and recognisable directorial style.

He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person’s gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism He framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside “icy blonde” female characters. Many of Hitchcock’s films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock’s films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.

Hitchcock sadly passed away on 29th April in 1980 but has  left a long lasting legacy in the form of some fantastic films including Rebecca, Notorious, Saboteur, Spellbound, Psycho, Rope, The Birds, North by Northwest, Marnie, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Frenzy. He also came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which said of him: “Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else.” The magazine MovieMaker also described him as the most influential filmmaker of all time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most significant artists.