Review: Headhunters (15)

Undated Film Still Handout from Headhunters. Pictured: AKSEL HENNIE as Roger Brown. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Headhunters. Pictured: AKSEL HENNIE as Roger Brown. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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SCANDINAVIA has given birth to some of the most gripping and terrifying thrillers in recent years.

Vampire coming-of-age story Let The Right One In sparked a Hollywood remake, so too did The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its unremittingly bleak and violent sequels.

Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo took up the mantle from the late Stieg Larsson, regularly gracing best-seller lists with his ingenious page-turners.

Nesbo’s 2008 novel Headhunters provides the diabolical inspiration for this edge-of-seat thriller, directed by Morten Tyldum.

The central character is an emotionally cold, manipulative and unsympathetic corporate high-flyer, who steals from unsuspecting clients to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a corporate headhunter, who places great stock in his reputation.

Unbeknown to his colleagues and his beautiful wife Diana (Synnove Macody Lund), Roger supplements his modest income as an art thief.

Headhunters simmers gently for the opening 30 minutes, establishing the characters and the marital tension between Roger and Diana, which leads to one major plot twist.