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- Director: André Ovredal
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 90
- Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
First things first, do you believe in trolls? Norwegians obviously revere the legends in case you did not know. Even if you don’t believe in them, if you go see “Troll Hunter” you will stray from your dogma and at lease look under the bridges you pass in the years ahead. Why? Because this film will school you about trolls and how to catch them.
Not your cup of tea? Well, if you find yourself in the theater with someone who drags you to see “Troll Hunter”, you will quickly fall under its spell because something or someone is killing bears. Heartstrings for bears run long into the general human population because they are so much like human beings. And our heroes in the film are two amateur film makers who happen to be kids. Their suspicions are presented by the local bureaucrat who is creepily the first on the scene of every poaching. Yet, the film surprises us with the introduction of the grizzly guy who is called in as a troll expert because this ends up not looking like the work of a human.
“Troll Hunter” is guided by the on-screen narrator Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) and his companion Johanna (Johanna Mørck), who are collaborating as film makers. Their hunt for the truth about the bear killings leads them to the troll hunter Hans (Otto Jespersen) who is secretly tracking trolls because the state doesn’t want to alarm the public about the truth- trolls are out in force from their habitat in the north. The trolls are foraging for food and the creepy bureaucrat, played by Hans Morten Andersen, is doing his best to track them and capture or kill them without letting on. But the film makers are sleuthing their way to the truth until they find the last hope of Norwegians, troll hunter Hans.
Hans is your curmudgeonish troll hunter who is exasperated by his plight having to be involved with the government and its paperwork. Catch a troll and you will see for yourself how much there is involved in documenting what most people do not even believe exists.
“Troll Hunter” takes a little while to grow on you. But a good mystery embroiled in fantasy, flanked by expert troll knowledge will have you suspending belief and judgment about this Andre Orvedal film.