- Actors: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg and Knut NÃŠrum
- Directors: Andre Ovredal
- Format: NTSC
- Language: Norwegian, English
- Region: Region A/1
- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Aug. 23 2011
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0057GUFO8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,792 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The Troll Hunter [Blu-ray]
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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
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Eventually the saga gets to the point where they find out Hans is a Troll Hunter. He allows them to film him as they travel the rainy countryside. What is different about this film as compared to its American counterparts is that you don't have to wait until the last two frames of the picture to see the monster/entity. The film has continuity to it and is presented in a simple chronological order. The English dubs are large white easy to read letters from a people of few words. I liked how they incorporated aspects of troll legend into the film. A good film for those who like the hand held camera cinema. I obtained my copy at Walmart for $7.50.
PARENTAL GUIDE: No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.
They track down Hans (played brilliantly by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen) who is less than willing to talk to him. He drives a customised Land Rover that is so beaten up it would get a Vehicle Rectification Notice if my local Constabulary saw it o the road. So the plucky youngsters decide that they will follow him when he goes out at night. What they run into is given away by the title of the film and Hans decides to let them film him and the Fairy Tale Troll hunts as he is sick of the job.
What happens along the way is a story of how the group survive whilst tracking down rogue trolls. So is it any good? Well I absolutely loved it, it is done in chronological order as the tapes were found and is supposed to be a 'rough cut', so it can jump around, but it adds to the authenticity of the thing that there are so many cuts. Obvious comparisons to 'The Blair Witch Project' are fine, but this is way better than that. The special effects are good to amazing and the folklore around trolls is brilliant, we even get all the science as to why they either blow up or turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, and the whole blood of a Christian thing is thrown into the mix too. Add to that the over enthusiastic teen agers, a government conspiracy, some dodgy Polish Painters (Bear killers) and you have a whole smorgasbord of fun and action.
Director André Øvredal has done a brilliant job of getting the most from a relatively unknown cast, and has made a truly original film, So original in fact that Hollywood have already snapped up the remake rights, so see the original first. It is in Norwegian with great sub titles but also has an English dub alternative. Either one you choose this is a brilliant film that shows what a bit of imagination and some talent can do, highly recommended.
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