Well I finally got round to it guys – a review of the awesome Troll Hunter. There is a reason behind my slow approach to this film but I don’t really want to bore you with it.
I’d much rather jump straight into one of the stand out Found Footage experiences to date…
Most successfully made found footage films rely on putting the viewer(s) in the middle of the action and finding excuses to keep the camera running. There’s nothing wrong with this – it’s the way the genre works and I love it!
Troll Hunter manages to tick the boxes I’ve just mentioned above but also gives us so much more. It’s the type of genre busting film that just won’t go away.
I’ve recently heard that the US is taking the film and completely remaking it for English speaking audiences. Apparently the use of subtitles is just not going to cut it over there.
But what the Americans don’t realize is by remaking this monster cult hit they are actually making the original more powerful.
Comparisons will be made and they will not go away. Put it like this – do you think a remake of The Blair Witch Project would ever work?
No, neither do I…
The film follows three college documentary makers named Thomas, Johanna, and Kall. They get wind of a possible bear poacher in the Norwegian woods named Hans.
They manage to catch up with this rather intense character and decide to follow his day to day activities. It soon becomes clear that good old Hans is not much of a bear hunter at all.
He is in fact a government hired hand tasked with taking control of the troll population in Norway.
The three documentary makers end up joining Hans in his crusade to find out why so many of the local trolls have been recently acting ‘out of character’.
Yeah that’s probably the best sentiment I can find to describe this Found Footage beauty – mind blowing.
If I’m honest with you I really didn’t know that much about Norway and it’s relationship to troll fables until I watched this film. It was a wonderful way to learn new aspects of European folklore.
Before watching the film I actually saw a short trailer for the DVD release on cable TV. The trailer was actually so short I had no idea the film was in the Found Footage format.
However, it was long enough for me to witness a few largely impressive CGI creatures – that was enough for me to give the film a go!
I was not disappointed…
I think this is probably the most original Found Footage title ever made – it’s certainly the most ambitious.
There is at times an undercurrent of intelligent humor throughout the film but that manages to take nothing away from the more serious side. When you think about it, an undercover government agent holding back a troll community is rather humorous in itself!
But don’t let the humor put you off ladies and gentlemen – this was a seriously gripping and smart movie.
The plot worked well even though it was a little far fetched and the CGI effects were something to behold. There has obviously been a lot of love and thought put into this film by the people behind the scenes – it was at times marvelous to look at.
It’s the type of film that bends over and takes an almighty dump on Hollywood – and long live these types of films!
Budding indie film makers would do well to watch this film before they infect the Found Footage timeline with their usual garbage. I’m not exactly a Norwegian local but I’m pretty sure the film budget was nowhere near the ‘higher end’ of the spectrum.
Totally worth your time even if you don’t particularly like the Found Footage genre. Smart, original and impressive throughout!