The Norwegian import Headhunters provides an interesting counterpoint to this week’s The Avengers in that it opens with an accessible, somewhat familiar premise that veers off the rails in a series of unpredictable plot twists that never feel forced or silly (well, for the most part, at least the silly bits are fun). Roger is an experienced and talented 5’6″ headhunter who doesn’t let his height-based inferiority complex stand in the way of getting everything he wants. His talents lie in the world of art thieving/forging, a concept that has the makings of an enjoyable if not somewhat average heist film, but the introduction of a former Danish mercenary guides Roger’s life in Fugitive-like directions as secrets are revealed, big business is threatened, and plenty of blood is spilled (there’s also a car crash that is nothing short of spectacular). It’s a smart, classy, and, above all, affectingly tension-filled affair; don’t let that rather bland poster throw you off.
Headhunters opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.