Troll Hunter is a 2010 faux documentary from Norway, revolving around a group of film students who follow a suspected poacher, hoping to catch him violating their countries wildlife preservation laws. They follow him doggedly until they finally discover the reason he’s so secretive.
He’s a Troll Hunter.
The adventure begins when students come across a commotion over a dead bear. A concerned hunter who explains to them that bear hunting is very tightly regulated in Norway. Thus, the killing had to be the work of a poacher. He points them in the direction of an odd man who appears to be a hunter, but who only hunts in the middle of the night. Eager for a story, and suspecting he might be poaching, the students begin to tail him.
The gruff hunter does his best to shoo them off, but the trio eventually succeed in tracking him on a hunt. What they find is a much bigger story than a bear poacher. This man hunts giant, mythical creatures.
The movie unfolds as you might expect, with the students tagging along with the hunter on his hunts, and in between, him filling them in on the mythology of Trolls. The filmmakers have created quite a thorough fictional zoological workup, and an extensive cover story for how trolls could exist without people knowing.
Hans, the hunter, is the star of the movie. Haggard and weary of killing, but committed to his duty.
The movie is shot with the handheld first person footage featured in movies such as “The Blair Witch Project” and “Cloverfield”. Unlike the recent, nearly unwatchable “Apollo 18”, however, I had no problems with this movie at all. In fact for the most part, it’s very nicely shot. In fact, quite a bit of the beauty of the Norwegian countryside comes across. The movie IS subtitled, but I wouldn’t let it stop you even if you’re a subtitle hater. This isn’t a dialogue heavy film… It doesn’t take much to read “TROLL!! RUN!!” lol.
This is a fun movie. It really is a blast. There’s no heavy lifting involved, and it has a great pacing.There’s plenty of action and occasional flashes of humor. But the movie really comes to life when the creatures are onscreen. It may not be the greatest CGI ever, but it’s more than good enough, and the creature designs are fantastic.