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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Serving up a koltbord mix of grim Nordic fariy tales tossed with mockudrama and horror references (The Blair Witch Project, Mystery 6, et al),Troll Hunter unspools as a dramedy following student filmmakers who stumble into Hans an old salt who hunts for trolls to keep them out of the public eye. Fact is their camera person who never speaks and the script's one-note quality tires quickly. But Norway's setting shines.
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.
This Norwegian entrant into the 'found footage' genre shakes free from its cliche-riddled shackles to create a real sense of fun and, weirdly, a believable reality. Nicely acted, particularly Otto Jespersen, and featuring some really nice visual effects - the through-the-legs scene is pretty astonishing - this is an easily watched and enjoyed piece of fantasy fluff. A lovely exercise in fun.
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