Troll Hunter/Trolljegeren (2010)
I’ve heard about this film for sometime now and was really excited to see it was on Film 4 over the Christmas holidays. And what a treat it was to watch this exciting roller-coaster of a mockumentary. For someone who is unfamiliar with Norwegian culture I was easily swept up in the idea this could be real. With all the recent discussion that an abominable snowmen may exist in region man has yet to explore, putting some truth to the myths I bought into Troll Hunter (2010) until I saw a Troll and knew that the prologue was wrong, telling us the footage had not been altered. I could see the C.G.I. beasts a mile off and didn’t care. I was so involved in these three students journey that started off as just an investigation into mysterious bear killings, which all come back to one man Hans (Otto Jespersen) who students Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) Johanna (Johanna Mørck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) are in hot pursuit off, there’s a mad passion in these students to get to the truth, not afraid of getting into trouble, It’s just crazy to turn away from.
It’s this mad passion that becomes infectious in the viewer who goes along for the journey, trapped in the hand-held camera that captures all of this before being found at the end after adding a suspect back-story. The whole idea of this being true or not soon goes out of the window and just seeing where we are lead in the landscape of Norway. We are told about the suspect sounding government organisation of the T.S.S. (Troll security service) whose aim with a very limited staff have to either kill or control the Troll population. Complete with a back story that as good as it sounds becomes too good, but who cares really when you are having such a thrill ride when a Troll is chasing the cameraman through thick woods or throwing Hans all over the place.
Taking the medium of the hand-held camera which could easily be seen as up-scaling from a mobile phone today to capture footage that really does question our reality, when we are faced on a daily basis with images that can blow your mind. When we see images of a fictional creature wreaking havoc in open country we start to question what is real, and for a moment trolls are real. Coming from a perspective of knowing practically nothing about the film I came away thrilled by the experience something I would re-watch still sitting on the edge of my seat.
- Trollhunter – FLNWO #10 (corbettreport.com)
- My Queue Reviews: Trollhunter (Trolljegeren) (2010) (andthosewhocant.wordpress.com)