THE PLOT THUS FAR
A group of students investigate 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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The audience is immediately instructed to interpret “Troll Hunter” as an edited series of real events and not a rollicking adventure story. Having this context in place makes several necessary assumptions easier to accept. First, the viewer is challenged to believe that a secret government agency and its troll hunting actions would be allowed to be filmed. Second, it appears that large humanoid trolls are able to live in sparsely populated Norwegian areas and never be detected. Under any other context, these conditions are ridiculous at the very least. Yet, in this film, one is happy to completely suspend disbelief and join in on a crypto-zoological safari.
This is not entirely a bad thing for most of the movie, as director André Øvredal keeps things going smoothly, pushing the audience from one impressive set piece to another. Many of the troll encounters are tense and breathtaking at the same time, and one cannot help but marvel at the sight of a troll chasing our hapless heroes. This is largely due to the impressive low budget CGI used throughout the film and surprisingly smooth camera-work, ditching the tiresome technique of flinging the camera left and right (as one would most likely do in real life, to be fair) in favor of steady shots that allows the audience to marvel at the beasts without sacrificing the tension gained through shaky cam cinematography. The trolls themselves look amazing, by far some of the most imaginative and well rendered budget movie magic I have seen in a long time, especially coupled with the beautiful Norwegian scenery.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, deleted scenes and commentary. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a film that was shot to resemble a documentary of foreign origins. However, the uncompressed audio track wasn’t quite DTS level of quality. I heard a little dropout at odd points of dialogue heavy scenes. Still, it’s a stacked affair with a ton of meat to what would’ve been a quirky foreign film with limited theatrical release in North America. I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!