A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
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In 2010 it's a risk to keep insisting on the found footage device for delivering a story. But this works really well. And even if the movie is meant as a (massive) dose of fun, we do get to travel the forests and mountains of Norway, and cross some of its fjords by ferry. This landscape works better with the sound of the norwegian language, so it's quite fortunate that this is a creation from Norway. Nice job.
Decent "found-footage" showcases simple style and structure to an easy and fun story, allowing characters to actually do things and the camera to actually capture things without too much emphasis on the hand-held. The form is maturing. --PolarisDiB
This film is a text-book case in how to make a small-ish budget go a long way. Charming characters, special effects that enhance the storytelling rather than detract from it, and giant trolls. What more could you want? The pace was a little slow at times but I found myself continually in awe of Norway's natural beauty. There is some very crisp outdoor photography in this movie. Definitely check it out.
"The Troll Hunter" doesn't lose any steam no matter how many times you watch it. The naive, curious documentary crew and the hardened troll tracker are incredibly believable and the trolls are fantastic (literally). They're monstrous and scary, and each one is unique - the most interesting being the gargantuan mountain troll. The most fun at a monster movie you could possibly have.
An inspired comic mockumentary fantasy uses the overdone "found footage" technique to great effect, finding the delicate balance of surreal humor and genuine suspense. Both the special effects and views of the Norwegian countryside are dazzling. A fresh, original film that deserves to become a cult classic. I can only imagine the upcoming Hollywood remake mucking up everything this one got right.