Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday For Your Consideration: Headhunters

Welcome to a special edition of a seasonal weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Friday For Your Consideration. As every year nears to a close, there are a number of actors and films nominated for Golden Globes, Oscars, and countless other awards. There are so many spots and there are so many deserving contenders, yet some inevitably get left out. This week, I’d like to spotlight a film being released last week that is sure to be forgotten by the end of 2012.


Why it deserves it: With up to ten films in the running over the past few years, it makes sense that a foreign import or two might have a legitimate shot at cracking the Best Picture list. This Norwegian thriller is just the film that deserves to be remembered as one of the strongest movies of the year, combining all of its elements to create a well-rounded and exceptional film.

Standout scene: It’s hard to pick one without giving anything away, since the film contains so many unexpected twists, but a great scene comes early in the film when Roger completely deconstructs the latest applicant for a job, following up his skewering interview by robbing the man of an expensive piece of art.

Why it won’t get it? Firstly, premiering in April doesn’t help its case since plenty of memorable films will be bunched up at the end of the year. More crucially, if something like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” couldn’t crack the list, then there’s not much chance for this one. Only English-language international fare like “District 9” has managed it in the recent past, and it will be hard, if not impossible, for this film to break that barrier.

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