Entertainment, Films, Books, Television…My Life, a little…

Trollhunter (2010): Trolls aren’t Just on the Internet


Written and directed by André Øvredal,  Troll Hunter is a cracking good film and it is André Øvredal’s second feature length film. Made on a budget of 3.5 million dollars, it made just over that on it’s theatrical release. The film is a brilliant blend of Norwegian fairy tales and social satire. Considering the small budget the computer generated effects are very good and since they are based on classical paintings of Norwegian trolls the trolls appear both slightly comic and threatening.

The cast of the film is made up of ‘unknown’ actors and well known Norwegian comedians. Troll Hunter did very well when it opened in Norway and has generated enough interest and publicity that on the day it opened in the US it was announced that director Chris Columbus‘s company, 1492, and CJ Entertainment & Media had obtained rights to do an American re-make of the film.

The film opens with a black screen and the following words: On October 13, 2008 Filmdameratene AS received an anonymous package with two hard disks containing 283 minutes of filmed material. This film is a rough-cut version of that material. Everything is shown in chronological order and no images have been manipulated.

This written message goes on to say the despite investigative attempts, the film cannot be verified as being authentic or a practical joke.

We are then introduced to a three person team of college students who are filming a documentary about bear hunting in Norway. While interviewing a group of licensed bear hunters they hear about a man that the licensed hunters believe is a poacher. With their interest piqued the students track down and attempt to interview the suspected poacher.

The ‘poacher’ rebuffs their interview offer and leaves. Undaunted the team follow him until they finally catch up to him and his intended prey. Surprisingly he is not hunting bears at all. He is hunting trolls. His name is Hans (Otto Jespersen) and he works for the TSS (Troll Security Service).

The students, Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna Mørck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) decide to stick with Hans and film him killing a real live troll. The first night that they find Hans a troll demolishes their car and they have to ride out of the wilderness with him. They do this and decide to make their entire documentary about troll hunting.

Hans explains about trolls and their territories and what his job entails. He is the only troll hunter in Norway and it is a crappy job according to him. He doesn’t get a bonus for working at night or for unsocial hours and he doesn’t like how the government runs the job.  

After Hans has killed the first troll, his government contact tells him that something must be wrong with the trolls and that Hans needs to get a blood sample for analysis. This turns out to be a bit difficult as trolls either turn to stone or explode when they die.  Following a trail and reading the newspapers, Hans locates another troll.

He leaves some goats on a bridge as bait and dons his troll suit, a metal helmet and armour that protect the rest of his body. When he kills this troll it explodes and  Hans gets his blood sample.

Later the little group find out that the troll has rabies, which is bad news for Thomas as he was injured by the first troll they came in contact with. Things get worse for the troll hunters when their camera man gets eaten by a ‘mountain king troll.’ Thomas sends for a replacement camera operator and they continue their hunt.

The film is brilliantly made. Comparisons have been made with The Blair Witch Project and in my opinion the film works better than Blair Witch by a mile. It really looks like a documentary. The camera work is superb, the times when the camera operator would move the camera or put it down looks real and more importantly feels real.

The subject matter is of course meant to be a mixture of comical and frightening and it is. In fact the only problem I had with the film was that the actor who played Thomas looked the spitting image of Declan Donnelly of Ant and Dec two English television presenters. It really did put me ‘out of the moment’ several times during the film.

The amount of beautiful scenery that the film takes in while the troll hunters are tracking their prey is breath taking. If nothing else the film could be used to increase tourist traffic to Norway. The travel scenes themselves are admittedly a little too long, but they serve to show how isolated the little group of hunters are.

Hans Troll Hunter

The acting is just the right amount of stern and ultra serious from Hans. And the students act like, well, students. Disbelieving at first, amused, then frightened and at the end determined to finish their documentary.

Troll Hunter is a cracking film that entertains. It is escapism in the best possible way. Watch it and get ready to be impressed with this little Norwegian film. Oh and keep an eye out for the ‘big budget’ remake by Chris Columbus and crew.

Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , ,

Categorised in: Entertainment Business, Fantasy Film, Satirical Film, Supernatural, World Cinema

5 Responses »

  1. I am sorry…but I just have to do this: Trolloolololollolollll…Sorry, I swear, the thread wouldn’t be complete without the troll song :P Good article by the way, I plan to watch this some time.

    Like

  2. This is a great film – some great special effects :)

    Like

  3. I’ve added it to my ever-growing Lovefilm rental list right now.

    Like

Let me know what you think!

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Goodreads

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 13,005 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 169,083 hits

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Inspiring Blogger Award

Inspiring Blogger Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

oahuhiking

Oahu hikes

sarahblogger94

Blogging about MOVIES, WRITING, and OCD

Word of Mouth Productions

Stories Worth Listening To.

Sheila Renee Parker

Author. Paranormal. Romance. Fantasy. Follow Sheila on Twitter! @sheilarparker

Layden Robinson

A RANDOM MAN CONSTRUCTING A CREATIVE PLAN

UPROXX

The Culture Of What's Buzzing

Sarah Feldberg

write | edit | eat | dance | run

Freezeframefoto

Fine art photography

The Telltale Mind

Thoughts on Movies, Music, Comics and stuff.

ming movie reviews

in about 100 words or less

PAUL D. BRAZILL

Brit Grit & International Noir

SOUTHERN Laced

Grassroots romance laced with a southern drawl.

C. Moon Reed, authoress

The Official Website for the Next Great American Authoress

Critique Quest Log

Currently active critiques and quests!

infiniteregeneration

a doctor who blog that infinitely regenerates. (art, poetry, ramblings, tunes, etc.)

Lauren Says It All

Welcome to my little corner of the world, don't be shy!

Sally's Special Services

Webmaster and Social Media Manager

Sara C Roethle

Author and Part Time Unicorn

Ramona Crisstea

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream

laurnaguistepublicist

A topnotch WordPress.com site

Evelina Galli

USE THINGS. LOVE PEOPLE. DON'T SWITCH.

WordAds

High quality ads for WordPress

The Random Ramblings of Laiyla Lane

The Random Ramblings Of An Ex British Army, Bipolar, Tattooed Welsh Girl 💋

what about the twinkie?

An opinionated idiots views on the world of film.

Box Office Buzz

Entertainment news

Pure Fine Art photography blog

The award winning photography artworks experience!

THE WAYFARER'S NOTES

BEN GONZALES' BLOG

instantreviewalert

What's Worth It and What's Not !

Marvel-Movie-Maniac

Latest facts, news, predicaments for every super Marvel movie nerd. Are you nerd enough?

Human Relationships

Human Relationships, Marriage Relationships, Children/Parents Relationships, Work Relationships, Friendships, Love, Abuse, Addiction, Support.

pieces of me

Memoirs of a Past Life Tourist

~ L to the Aura ~

sustainability. compassion. inspiration.

The Sister Abigail Show

Activist, Author, Nutritional Consultant, Raw Food Chef

Charlottesweb

Sherlock, Star Trek Fan Fiction. Original Stories Too

Storiform.com

Writing Popular Fiction

Cornelius' Life Story

This blog is about me, growing up in Africa and now in The states pursuing a degree.

MovieScience101

Everything you need to know about science in movies

Espen Stenersrød- From Pen To Heart

Jack Kerouac with a scent of Henry Vaughn

GENRE LOVE

Homepage of Speculative Fiction Writer, Tonya R. Moore

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 13,005 other followers

%d bloggers like this: