Directed by: André Øvredal
Starring: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum
This was a pretty cool movie. At first, I expected it to be a Cloverfield kinda thing where we’d just be following a film crew around and at the end we’d finally see the big monster, but they actually show it right off the bat, and several of them. It was an extremely pleasant surprise.
A film crew is looking for poachers who’ve been killing lots of local bears, and instead stumble across Hans, a troll hunter for the government. Turns out, trolls are a big problem in Norway, and they have some specialists who hunt them down and turn them to stone or explode them by flashing bright lights at them. Hans decides that the government cover up has gone on for too long, so he invites the crew to follow him around and finally get footage of the troll problem.
The trolls in this film are great, very classic fairy tale stuff, with the exception that they don’t talk or are really intelligent. Surprisingly enough, they used the shaky documentary-style camerawork to their advantage, both to make the CGI look better, and they even do a couple cute tricks with it. I really recommend this film. It actually feels a lot like watching a crazy documentary of some fantastic goings-on. I will advise that you try to get it in the original Norwegian with subtitles, though, as the English dub that I saw was extremely poorly done.