TrollHunter

"Excellent"

TrollHunter Review


With its found-footage premise, this film feels like a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, but it's actually far more original than either as it playfully takes us on a riotous romp into troll mythology.

Journalism students Thomas (Tosterud), Johanna (Morck) and Kalle (Larsen) are chasing notorious poacher Hans (Jespersen) in the spectacular Norwegian countryside. And when they catch up with him, the fantastical rumours turn out to be true: he's actually hunting trolls as part of a secret government agency headed up by slippery bureaucrat Finn (Hansen). Their job is to make sure the trolls stay in their territory and that no one finds out about them. But something's wrong, and restless trolls are on the rampage.

The script hilariously weaves in all kinds of present-day issues, initially blaming troll behaviour on climate change and then explaining all kinds of other phenomena on the trolls. Meanwhile, the action is viewed through Kalle's camera, a skilful blend of expert cinematography and handheld terror, augmented by extremely clever special effects. So the film is also reminiscent of Monsters, another creature thriller hidden within a comical road movie that never wastes a single effects shot.

The combination is both funny and exhilaratingly scary. Tosterud's Thomas is a likably hapless kid with ambitions to be the next Michael Moore; watching this through his sceptical eyes is thoroughly entertaining. Especially his interaction with Jespersen's amusingly weary-gruff hunter. There are several superb side characters who add plot wrinkles, comical asides and even romantic interest. And everyone's at the mercy of the premise, especially the central mythology that trolls hate the smell of Christians. Whether they feel the same way about Muslims is something they'll put to the test.

Along the way, writer-director Ovredal continually includes sight gags, references to other films and his own fiendish originality. The only possible complaint is the set-up itself: surely it would have been more effective to present this as an underground student film about a government conspiracy rather than use that tired "we found this camera footage" disclaimer. But he kicks off the suspense so early that we forget about it and just enjoy the ride.



TrollHunter

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 29th October 2010

Box Office USA: $0.3M

Budget: $3.5M

Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures

Production compaines: Filmkameratene A/S, Film Fund FUZZ

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 82 Rotten: 18

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Andre Ovredal

Producer: Sveinung Golimo, John M. Jacobsen

Starring: Otto Jespersen as Trolljegeren, Hans Morten Hansen as Finn, Tomas Alf Larsen as Kalle, Johanna Mørck as Johanna, Knut Nærum as E-verkssjef, Robert Stoltenberg as Polsk bjørnejeger, Glenn Erland Tosterud as Thomas

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