Director: Morten Tyldum, Yellow Bird Films, Rated MA, 100 mins

Yellow Bird Films, the producers of Danish novelist Stieg Larsson’s thrilling trilogy about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, has now adapted Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo’s bestselling book Headhunters to the big screen, incorporating the same level of excitement as experienced in the ‘Dragon’ movies.
   Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (‘Buddy’) has neither spared the blood being spilt nor the thrills and spills in ensuring that audiences are thoroughly entertained after seeing this violent crime thriller.
   Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is employed by a prestigious recruitment company in Oslo but is not your average recruiter of senior executives-instead using the interviews to primarily sound out their art collections.
   Besides his full time job, Roger also moonlights as an art thief with the assistance of his partner in crime Ove (Elvind Sander) a corrupt security officer, in order to indulge his glamorous wife Diana (Synnove Macody Lund), the owner of an art gallery.
   At one of Diana’s gallery functions Roger is introduced to Clas Greve (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), the former head of a technology company and learns from his wife that Clas has in his possession a rare Rubens painting.
   With his debts spiraling out of control Roger sees the opportunity of starting afresh by stealing Clas’ priceless work of art by initially enticing him to take on a senior position-until he discovers that Clas is having an affair with Diana.
   After stealing the painting, matters suddenly go pear-shaped for Roger, and Clas (a former mercenary) becomes the ruthless retaliator out to kill him.
   Tyldum has assembled a fine cast of Norwegian actors with near-perfect performances from Hennie and Coster-Waldau who are the main protagonists in this engrossing storyline.
   Except for an excess of bloody scenes Headhunters is a great thriller filled with plenty of action, humour, twists and turns – and a satisfying ending!
VIC'S VERDICT:       4 Rubber Stamps

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