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The Norwegian comedy-fantasy Troll Hunter, a surprise art-house hit across the globe, posits an intriguing question--what if monsters of folklore and popular culture existed, but were kept hidden by the government?--and delivers the results in a clever, faux-documentary format that underscores both the special effects and the satire. Controversial comedian Otto Jespersen is the title character, a world-weary, working-class stiff assigned by a bureaucratic agency to track and eliminate dangerous trolls from the Scandinavian countryside. The lack of respect and notoriety afforded by his job convinces Jespersen to allow a naive collegiate film crew to follow him on his hunts, which nicely balance quirky humor with genuine moments of suspense and some impressive CGI special effects for the trolls. Genre fans' appreciation for the "shaky-cam" subgenre (The Blair Witch Project, [REC], Cloverfield) will undoubtedly affect how they feel about Troll Hunter--the film's light comedy will certainly be lost on those unwilling to either believe or tolerate the idea of another film comprised of "found footage." But more forgiving viewers will be thankful for the rather seamless incorporation of the CGI trolls, all imaginatively rendered as part fairy-tale image and part biological specimen, into live-action scenes, as well as the dryly humorous satire of government "special projects." Pacing is also occasionally an issue--though beautiful, the Norwegian landscape receives far too much coverage--but for the patient, Troll Hunter is a unique and clever experience. --Paul Gaita
This was a gift for my sister and her husband. They had seen the movie before and both of them loved it. They were happy to have a copy of their own.Published 25 days ago by Maxoomi
If you're looking for offbeat in movie viewing then this is one to look for.
The government in Norway is hiding a secret. Read more
“I think this was such a Fun and clever movie to sit down and watch”let’s face it, you’re not going to get your
heart broken or (love movies)to see if man can fly (Superman)... Read more
Truly one of the best "documentaries" I've ever seen! Great science, great lore, awesome special effects. A wonderfully scary and educational experience. - CPublished 20 months ago by C. Caldwell Productions
This film raised my suspicions that a group of film students took a half-hour premise at Film College in Oslo and stretched it to movie length so it would get a studio release... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2013 by M.A.B.