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TrollHunter/ Trolljegeren

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  TrollHunter/ Trolljegeren Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
6.21 /10
 
Starring
Otto Jespersen , Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen
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Directed by: Andre Ovredal
Written by: Andre Ovredal

 
 
 
Released: 2010
   
Genre: ACTION
BLACK COMEDY
MONSTER
HORROR
FOREIGN
COMEDY
   
Origin: Norway
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 103
 
 


 
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It's not consistently funny or remotely scary.
(Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
I couldn't decide if TrollHunter was trying to be funny or scary, but I can tell you it succeeds at neither.
(Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press)
It can't seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh. It does a little bit of both, to be sure, but not nearly enough of either to make much of a lasting impression.
(Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post)
As with The Blair Witch Project, Ovredal uses a lot of shaky, blurry and poorly composed footage, night vision photography and scenes of characters talking directly into the camera. The effectiveness of these techniques has been diminished by the many intervening years — and copycat films — since 1999. But the film’s real problem is that it can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh. It does a little bit of both, to be sure, but not nearly enough of either to make much of a lasting impression.
(Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post)
This is what happens when the Norwegians try to make their own Blair Witch Project: We get three-headed trolls that hate Vitamin D and references to Deliverance.
(Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News)
On the downside, the film suffers from some of the same problems that other found footage movies do. For one, the gimmick is tired. For two, everything that’s not action is dull filler. The characters, except for Hans the Troll Hunter, could have been replaced by inanimate objects and the movie would have been similar as long as the inanimate objects had some sort of reason to hunt trolls. They’re walking exposition, and the film even recognizes this in a scene later on in the film. Not in a self-aware sort of way, but in a way that only makes it more clear that they did little on the side of rounding out their characters. Without meaningful characters, the troll attacks are pure spectacle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it would have been nice to feel some tension and concern for the people running in fear instead of feeling nothing except awe at the vision on the screen.
(Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects)
Trollhunter rarely manages to elicit more than a respectful grin, given that its humans-fleeing-through-the-night centerpieces, all employing mockumentary shaky-cam, are lacking in momentum, suspense or horror. Meanwhile, the trolls themselves – giant, furry, bulbous-nosed beasts prone to growling and yelling – prove more intimidating in theory than reality, especially after Ovredal reveals their penchant for noxious farting.
(Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness)

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