The Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren, NOR)

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Mockumentary, dark fantasy
Language: Dubbed in English, originally in Norwegian
Running Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Director: Andre Ovredal
Cast: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Lars

Amid news reports of unusual occurrences in the mountains and forests of Norway, a trio of students from Volda College – Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) and Johanna (Johanna Mørck) – decide to investigate and cover the events for a school project. Toting along a video camera – operated by Kalle, with Johanna running sound and Thomas doing the reporting – they come upon one such scene where regulated/licensed hunters are told by a Wildlife Board official, Finn Haugen (Hans Morten Hansen), that the problems are all caused by bears, a dead example of which is found on the scene. But the hunters aren’t buying it – none of them killed the animal, and they suspect a rumored-of poacher, whom no one can find. The students eventually catch up with the “poacher,” a quiet, weathered, middle-aged man named Hans (Otto Jespersen), who attempts to avoid them. But the persistent trio (“Do you think Michael Moore gave up after the first try?” says Thomas) follow him into the woods one night to find out what he’s up to. After a bright flash comes from over a hill, Hans comes running, shouting a single-word warning: ‘Troll!” (Rainfilm Sdn Bhd).

Verdict: Troll Hunter is a great example of a film that could’ve been brilliant if the production, acting, writing and CG effects were better. Although the found footage filming style isn’t original, the plot of the movie is really fresh and innovative. Apparently, there are inside jokes and Norwegian humour which only the locals there would understand. The movie is not scary at all but I wouldn’t recommend you to watch it if you don’t know how to appreciate movies that aren’t typical.

Possible flaws: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) 1 – The camera angles change instantaneously like it was edited in a few scenes. 2 – Why keep the trolls from the world when they could easily be controlled with lights. 3 – Why trolls can smell Christian blood is not explained. 4 – Why still bother carrying the camcorder up straight and turning off the night vision when being chased by trolls? 5 – Why is it so easy to break the stoned troll with the hammer but seemingly so difficult with a drill (SPOILER ENDS HERE)?

So what happened at the end? (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Presumably, Thomas fails to prevent himself from getting hit by the coming trailer after falling down in the middle of the road, and the recorded footages are then confiscated by the authorities (SPOILER ENDS HERE).

How is the English dub? Quite out of sync and the voice acting is only decent but way better than the Anime ones.

Actual release date: Last year this month, which makes that… one fucking year ago.

American remake: 1492, the company of Harry Porter film franchise’s Chris Columbus, acquired the rights to remake the film and hopes to release it by 2014. This is the first time I feel that a Hollywood remake could probably do justice to a movie.

Rating: 3 / 5

Second opinion: “Okay lah… but what happened at the end?” (Iris Loong).

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