Jo Nesbø's brilliantly inventive crime universe is brought to the screen about as effectively as can be done in the breathtaking action-thriller Hodejegerne (literally "The Headhunters"). Set in and around Oslo, the film has a Norwegian soul, but - as directed by Morten Tyldum - an international and timeless feel. This is a classic, clever chase film in the vein of The Fugitive, only in Hodejegerne, our protagonist is far from a saintly Harrison Ford; he is a highly flawed man with a Napoleon complex and a far too high personal consumption, which he supports by stealing expensive art. One of the best achievements of Hodejegerne, aside from its tight and technically flawless command of the action sequences and the ceaseless suspense, is how it sells protagonist Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) to us, and allows a complete dissection of him. Aksel Hennie gives one of his best performances here; he has to lay himself on the line in order to eventually win our trust and sympathy. And rarely has any principal character earned just that more than Roger Brown.