The movie Headhunters is a Danish movie from 2011 made on the book by Jo Nesbø.
I don’t think I have ever seen a movie that contained this many different genres and emotions. It ranged from grotesquely funny to seat jumping exciting, from bizarre and unrealistic to intimate, serious and realistic. I got so shocked I screamed, I got so excited I crawled around in my seat and bit my nails, I was so touched I cried a little, I got so appalled I looked away and shook my head and I was so amused and disgusted I laughed and shrugged my nose at the same time!
The development of the main character throughout the movie is like a rollercoaster ride. I started of hating the main character, the very superficial and super materialistic Roger Brown, who compensates for his less than impressive height by buying expensive things he really can’t afford to his very tall, beautiful and blond wife. More than halfway through the movie, as Roger is being chased by a former soldier who is an expert in the tracking of people and who wants to kill him, while he is covered in poop, on the run in a tractor and have been bitten by a hardcore bull dog, I found myself not really feeling sorry for him or actually caring whether he died or lived. However, as the movie progresses and things get even more tangled and chaotic Roger grows and become more humble, honest and real. In the end, he won my sympathy!
The theater was completely packed, and we had to sit on the very first row. If this had been any other movie I would probably not have stayed more than 10 minutes. However, in this particular case, I was so interesting that I totally forgot to be annoyed. It was an amazing experience to be so far away from home, watching a movie from Denmark with a totally filled theatre and people with a different cultural background loving and applauding the movie! Afterwards I heard two women in the bathroom discussing the movie, and one said that it was an amazing film and the other answered “yes, we got to see some more of those European movies!”…