Synopsis: An accomplished headhunter who subsidizes his luxurious lifestyle through art theft risks it all to acquire an extremely valuable painting, only to discover something that makes him a hunted man himself. Foreign language movie with ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
When you find a good foreign language movie, you end up watching it and not really realising that you are listening to a foreign language while reading subtitles. In this movie it was so entertaining that this happened. The story was so interesting, fun and full of action that the annoyance of the subtitles could be ignored.
The casting of Aksel Hennie (an actor I have never heard of or seen before) in the lead role was physically and mentally perfect for the part. He made me feel sorry for him even when he was being an arrogant twit, which was the point. While Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was also perfect for his role giving even more fuel to Hennie's characters insecurities, although I did keep seeing him as his role of Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones - a slight case of being typecast but I believe that was more in my mind than anything else.
Some gory parts that did make me close to retching but these were very few and were necessary to the story, nothing gratuitous. Some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud - see the cops Tweedledee and Tweedledum for reference.
A prime example of where European movie makers do it so much better than American movie makers for making a movie realistic. When the lead character was struggling to move the dead weight of a dead body I just knew that in the American version (if there was one) he would have been able to lift it without breaking sweat. This along with various other realistic moments made it a really good movie.
5 out of 5 from me and worth a watch even if you are not normally a fan of foreign language movies.