Well, they can’t all be gems! Though I loves me some fantasy and well-produced foreign film, “Troll Hunter” does not match up to recent, unknown gems I’ve promoted on this site. Still, it’s not a complete waste of time by any means. This 2010, Norwegian 3MIL flick seems to have really not done that well at all at the box offices and I’m thinking it might have something to do with the cookie cutter approach it took to a decent enough plot invention.
Taking place in current day rural Norway, “Troll Hunter” attempts to convince us through “Blair Witch” filming that trolls in fact exist but the EU government has been working for years to hide the fact. As a result, a lone hunter goes renegade and tries to tell his story to a group of researching uni kids who seems more fascinated by the man-eating trolls than scared of them. I fully admit the graphics and scenery is beautiful and if anything I’ve written sounds like something you’re into then go for it, but don’t expect genius writing or overly original plot twists.
The story is pretty predictable and unfortunately the emotions are extremely surface from the characters as well (SPOILER ALERT: A death about 3/4 of the way through is basically forgotten about 3 mins later…). And, sorry to say, but the ending is about as trite and played as you can get with the whole: “We found this footage sitting on the door step of the police station” plot. BUT, I’m still willing to allow that if you’re into troll mythology or foreign fantasy/thrillers then go for it. Just don’t say I didn’t warn ya!