This is a found footage film done spectacularly well. A group of college students in Norway are doing a documentary about bear poachers. They follow one very suspicious hunter only to discover he isn’t poaching bears; he’s hunting Trolls.
The movie is awesome. The pacing is just about perfect as they slowly show more and more of the Trolls, while simultaneously explaining their history. They even manage to mix in some fantasy elements, since Trolls come from Norse mythology.
The effects in the movie are outstanding. For a lower budget film ($3.5 million US), it looks grand. The Trolls, and there are a bunch of them, each have their own distinct look and behaviors. Also, they give an amazing sense of scale. When these things are around, you just feel their presence.
Even though it is a found footage movie, they still take advantage of the sweeping fjord-land. It had a much more cinematic feel than most found footage films, especially the more expensive ones that often try too hard to look cheap.
They just announced the film is being remade for US audiences, naturally. God forbid US audiences read subtitles. The depressing thing is it has Neil Marshall attached to it, who is an incredible director that should be working on his own original stuff. I understand his motivation; hey, it’s a job, and he hasn’t directed a film since Centurian in 2010.
Aside from that, will mainstream US audiences identify with this film? Are they going to ditch all the subtle humor, social satire, and fantasy elements directly pertaining to Norwegian culture? Most likely, yes. It will probably be the exact same movie, only with the script dumbed down and the shaky cam turned way up.
Trollhunter is a unique and nail biting experience. What it lacks in gore, it more than makes up for in inventiveness and suspense. Watch and enjoy this before the incoming remake.