Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: TrollHunter (Trolljegeren) [2011]

In A Nutshell:
Made in the mockumentary/found-footage style, TrollHunter (or its orginal Norwegian title, Trolljegeren) tells the story about a group of students that set out to investigate what they initially thought to be bear killings. They follow a hunter and eventually find out that the government has long been covering up the existence of trolls.
Thumbs Up:
+ Breathtaking Norwegian scenery (its now earned a spot on my vacation bucket-list)
+ Hey, government conspiracy/cover-ups theories are always interesting in my book
+ Surprisingly, rather funny
Thumbs Down:
- Lacking genuine suspense or scares
- Ending lacked solid impact
- As usual with shaky-camera format, may cause motion sickness (as in my case) although very minimal with this film
The Verdict Is In:
For a found-footage film, this doesn't really offer scenes with suspense. I never felt sacred during the movie and this includes at the climax. Surprisingly though, the movie turns out to be pretty funny, which I cannot recall being for any other movie in the same genre. Although not a comedy, dry humour is at an abundance here, and that is where its strength lies. Whether the movie intended it to be that way or not is another matter altogether. The ending of found-footage movies usually leaves the viewers with a sense of "what happened next?", but here it really feels like missing enough punch to make an impact. But still, Norway is a beautifully captivating place. Saving up money for a visit already!
6.5 out of 10

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