Troll Hunter (2010) Review
Surprisingly convincing documentary film about Troll Hunting, didn’t expect to say that today. I watched this about a year ago and thought I had reviewed it but it turns out I didn’t so here we go. The story was basic but works really well when the story is about…well just look at the title. The acting was pretty good all round but the troll hunter guy stole the show with a great stoic performance. The visuals in this film are great and considering the small budget it all looked surprisingly real and real environment interaction was perfect. The film was a very clever mix of horror and fun, the horror was the lesser of the two but at times worked very well, the fun was all over but dark enough so that it doesn’t feel like it is at all mocking the films plot.
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.
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Story: 80% Acting: 85% Visuals: 100% Dialogue: 75%
Fun/Horror: 70% Style/Sound: 80% Characters: 70%
The films story is very good at pulling you in and fooling you into believing the craziness is actually real. The film gets around to exploring a lot of mythology around trolls which I think is fantastic, loved those stories, we got bridge trolls, cave trolls, mountain trolls and even three headed trolls. The acting was pretty good for a movie of this kind and you wouldn’t be able to get many people to work in a film about troll hunting and to do it with a straight face, and faces don’t come much straighter than Otto Jespersen as Hans the troll hunter who kicks ass and takes names hunting the trolls by himself all over the mountainous ranges. There’s a great scene in the film where Hans is in his trailer showing the documentary group all of his equipment and trophies, what I liked about it was the no nonsense way the cast went with it. The documentarians laughed a little and thought it was a bit silly (soon regret it) but Hans doesn’t think it is at all funny and there is no hint of joke in his face and it really sells the story better than anything else.
The visuals where fantastic, from start to finish and from fighting a bridge troll to chasing a mountain troll in a jeep, the visuals didn’t wonder and stayed sharp throughout. I expected this film to produce the same CGI rubbish you get in most B Movies but I was wrong and very glad too. Something specifically they did well was how the CGI monsters interacted with real objects like trees, the ground and cars, it’s something that can really ruin the experience if done wrong but they pulled it off great with the forest scenes looking pretty realistic. The film wasn’t especially good with horror but it really worked with its sense of fun and adventure, whilst the cave trolls where pretty scary and that scene in the cave was pretty good it hardly compares to some of the more breath taking shots like in the mountain clearances. You get a great shot of mountain troll which are massive and are really fun to watch with the whole lot trying to get away in this small jeep. I did like the style and I think if it was set in any other area than Norway it wouldn’t be nearly as convincing.
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The best reviews I found would be these “Delightfully silly and likely to etch the battle-cry of “troll!” into audiences’ minds long after its end” Film4. “Given that the cast improvised all the scenes live on set, the dialogue has a surprising ring of truth, and is shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour” Nigel Floyd. “This is a monster movie with a love for mountainous, tree-lined Scandinavian scenery and an even greater love for setting memorably ugly, hulking and destructive mythological creatures against it” Robert Abele. “Troll Hunter is both creepy and funny, a clever combination for this sly monster movie” R. L. Shaffer.
My favourite scene would have to be the part in the trailer where the hunter guy is going through his records and proof and it just all looks super convincing. It sounds stupid but for a second I thought it may be true and that’s pretty good for a film in a language I don’t understand.