A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
When bears are found dead in Norway, students from Volda University (Thomas, Johanna and cameraman Kalle) decide to investigate. They stalk the trail of the mysterious hunter Hans, expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters but then agrees to let them film him in action, provided they follow his orders. Soon the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter working for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A painting by Theodor Kittelsen based on the Soria Moria Castle fairy story is used as a backdrop on one of the trips they do in the film (Thomas stands in the same pose and asks his friends "Do I look like that famous painting?"). See more »
There are two different mountain routes escalating from Øvre Årdal, the place where they visited the vet. In the film they are alternating shown driving on both when they leave the place. See more »
This movie is one of the strangest experiences of a movie I have seen in a while, not quite sure if it was trying to be funny at times or being serious. The film is all about a small film crew from a university who are trying to track a bear with some hunters. They then see a hunter who seems to be not registered to hunt bears and so they believe he is illegally trying to find it himself, but things are not as they seem. We then get introduced to the world of Trolls and what it consists of, the types of trolls, where they live and how they are dealt with. The plot becomes thrilling at times and by the end it leaves you guessing what will happen next, with its odd blend of humour to boot the movie is firmly a good one.
The movie features a relatively unknown cast except maybe the comedian Otto Jespersen who to be fair will probably be only known to people in Norway. The cast being unknown works though because it gives the movie a more real feel to it and the footage actually looks like a bunch of amateurs filming it too. The characters are not the best people I felt if you like to connect with the people in a movie but nevertheless they can be funny and it is always good to see their reactions.
Andre Øvredal directs and writes this and it is he who really takes this to a good level, he seems to direct in a way which is the basis for that humour I have mentioned and blends it well with all the things going on in this. He writes it pretty well too and yet again it feels humorous the script, there are times when the script can go a little over the top but it remains all well throughout. Toward the end I did feel the movie starts to actually eclipse it's documentary style and looks like an actual movie more, with this the success comes from it looking real so it's good that only the end looks a little too un- real.
With the kind of budget this has you can't expect the trolls to look like they have come from a Hollywood blockbuster but what happens in this is pretty nicely done. The Trolls are usually seen either from far away or in the dark meaning even if the quality of the effects don't look 100% great, you still don't see the detail too much which could have ruined the believable look surrounding this. The movie also excels in creating the troll world, it has it's details all mapped out and never just goes straight for it, in fact some of the most interesting moments come from when the characters are simply sitting round discussing Trolls.
Overall Troll Hunter is a fine movie and one I would definitely recommend you watch, it's mix of horror with comedy and of course Trolls makes this a unique watch and in regards to it's documentary style as well. The ending isn't one I personally liked so much but who cares the substance in-between is enough anyway to make it likable. Look out some of the jokes in this can seem like legit serious lines but really are satirical in nature, this film also employs things like the Christian thing, watch it and you'll see what I mean, it's a weirdly funny addition.
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