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Before Mark Wahlberg and Summit can squeeze out a remake, you’ll get a chance to see Norwegian crime thriller “Headhunters”. The film opens in limited release on American screens on April 27, and there is a new US trailer, embedded below, to whet you appetite.
Based on a the best-selling novel by Jo Nesbø, “Headhunters” follows a art thief who picks the wrong target and finds himself in way over his head and has to flee for his life.
HEADHUNTERS stars the talented Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” co-stars, and fans of the show will know what a perfect frightening asshole he can play. “Headhunters” sounds like part heist film, part survival tale, part normal guy bites off more than he can chew story.
I’m not going to go on a tirade about unnecessary remakes, you’ve all heard those arguments before and no one cares what I have to say anyhow, but maybe this once lets get our asses to the theater for a foreign release in big enough numbers so maybe they won’t feel the need to make a watered down version that you don’t have to read. Then again, Mark Wahlberg in a heist film? You had me at hello.