Based on the 2008 book by Jo Nesbø, this Danish-Norwegian thriller follows Roger Brown, a headhunter for a corporate business who doubles as an art thief in order to support his incredibly lavish lifestyle. He discovers an opportunity to obtain a rare art piece, and risks everything to get it.
This film was directed by Morten Tyldum, and stars actors Ansel Hennie (that mute guy from Hercules) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (that guy in an incestuous relationship in Game of Thrones). The film is an interesting thriller, wherein the majority of the ‘thriller’parts depend on human behavior rather than on action.
Roger Brown’s (Hennie) behavior mostly stems from his insecurity. He loves and adores his wife, who looks like a supermodel, so he does everything he can to ensure she lives in luxury. Despite his love for her, he still has an affair, which of course, ends up coming back to haunt him. He see’s an opportunity to get out of the game, and leaps at it, without once considering the actions of his consequences, and like all thrillers, he ends up being punished for it. The film however is surprising, as it does not take the turns that you expect it to. The antagonists actions seem to be over the top and strange, yet this adds to the grisly dark tale.
There are few action sequences, but when they come about, they are unexpected and so quick that if you blink you will miss them.
The film is an intriguing affair, where the plot is one that you must pay attention to, or you miss everything. It is dark, exciting, and twisted to the point that you are left astounded by the behavior of these characters just to get what they want.
I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Watch if you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down, or Heat.