What’s the worst thing that can happen to a movie character? Shot, stabbed, beaten, tortured? How about exiled, chased, shot, impaled, savaged by a pitbull, involved in a tractor crash, chucked off a cliff and forced to hide in 6 feet of human shit? Luckily, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. Tyldum’s deliriously entertaining thriller, based on source material by bestselling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø, stems from a simple but hugely satisfying idea: serve up an eminently hissable central character, in this case part-time art thief and full-time corporate douchebag Roger (Hennie, who looks like the love child of Steve Buscemi and Rupert Grint). Then sit back and smile as he tangles with the wrong folks and is subjected to the most humiliating indignities the smart, streamlined script can invent. Pure joy.
Words by Tom Huddleston