Action/Thriller

Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (2011)

A thriller based on a book of Jo Nesbø.

Hodejegerne

The plot follows a high-flying headhunter named Roger Brown. Despite being a successful professional with a beautiful trophy wife, a cool car and a spacious modern mansion, Roger can’t appease his sense of inadequacy, something that he blames on his short stature as opposed to his materialistic spiritual emptiness. He has trouble maintaining the lavish lifestyle his wife requires and is forced to make a little cash on the side by moonlighting as a fine art thief.

Available with English subtitles

Kon Tiki (2012)

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947

Kon Tiki

On the 28th of april 1947, Thor Heyerdahl leaves his wife and children behind to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft called ‘Kon-Tiki’, with five inexperienced crew members. The Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer travels on the raft from Peru to Polynesia to prove that people from South-America settled in Polynesia instead of people from Asia, as was believed at the time. The crew did not pack any modern technology on board of the raft, except for a simple radio, and were companied by only each other and a parrot. With the world media watching, the crew navigates the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean using the stars and being driven by the currents and wind.

Available with English subtitles

Trolljegeren (The Troll hunter) (2010)

A film about hunting trolls in Norway.

Trolljegeren

When bears are found dead in Norway, the students of the Volda University Thomas, Johanna and the cameraman Kalle decide to investigate. They stalk the trailer of the mysterious hunter Hans expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters, but he agrees that they film him in action provided they follow his orders. Sooner the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter that works for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.

This movie is not very scary even if it is listed as thriller/horror, but it is definitely fun with a darkish sense of humour. As an added bonus you get to see parts of the world you normally would not. By the way: the landscape you see in the movie is the everyday scenery in the country. The director has not tried to find famous or spectacular spots. This is Norway as we know it.

Available with English subtitles

Max Manus (2008)

The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs in Norway during World War II.

Max Manus

After fighting the communists in Finland, Max Manus returns to Norway, currently occupied by the Nazis. He joins with the Norwegian resistance movement in their fight against the Germans but is arrested. He manages to escape to Scotland where he receives training before being sent back to Norway to carry out various sabotage missions against the occupational force.

Returning to Norway with his friend Gregers Gram, his first mission is an attack on German supply ships. He is spectacularly successful, and soon he becomes a special target for the Gestapo commander Siegfried Wolfgang Fehmer. Manus, however, avoids capture, and with Gram
and Gunnar Sønsteby he forms the so-called “Oslo-group”.

As the war becomes more and more brutal, many of Manus’ friends lose their lives in the struggle against the Germans, and he starts to blame himself for being the one who survives. In a meeting with Fehmer he realises that everybody is a victim of the meaninglessness of war.

Available with English subtitles 

Veiviseren (The Pathfinder) (1987)

A Sami/Norwegian action film.

Veiviseren

From time immemorial the Sami people had lived alone in the Arctic area of Europe, but 1000 years ago Tchude warriors from the East invaded the territory. When the Sami teen-ager Aigin arrives to his family’s cot in the evening, he finds his parents and little sister killed by the Tchudes. He flees to a Sami camp nearby. The Sami chief orders the community to decamp and go to another settlement at the coast, but Aigin and three others decide to stay and fight the Tchudes. When the Tchudes attack, only Aigin survives, hidden in a tent. Suddenly the shaman Raste turns up. He tells Aigin to go to the coast and warn the others, and gives him his shaman drum as a token. The Tchudes capture Raste. They want him to guide them to the coast, and start torturing him. When Aigin sees this he dashes forward, and says he will guide them, if they just let Raste live. They agree, but when they have left the camp with Aigin, one of them returns and kills Raste. Aigin now has to figure out how to mislead the Tchudes and save the Sami community .

Available with English subtitles

(The language spoken in this film is Sami, not Norwegian.)

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