Student filmmakers Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) and Johanna (Johanna Mørck) set out to shoot a documentary about bear-hunting in Norway and trail mysterious, well-armed woodsman Hans (Otto Jesperson), whom they assume is a poacher. However, Hans turns out to be a government-sanctioned operative protecting the country from the ravages of giant trolls. Tired of secret heroism, the Troll Hunter lets the crew film his battles with monsters at great risk to themselves.
You might need to take a Norwegian guide along to explain various local references and identify the specific trolls, but Troll Hunter’s proud cultural identity — tremble, a US remake is in the works — is its strongest suit. It’s wry, spectacular fun.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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