Troll is a 2022 Norwegian mystery, drama, and adventure sci-fi film directed by Roar Uthaug. It stars Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Sjgrd Pettersen, Gard B. Eidsvold, Pl Richard Lunderby, and Eric Vorenholt and follows a motley crew of humans who must band together to stop an ancient troll from causing havoc in a Norwegian mountain.
When his film Tomb Raider was nearing completion, director Uthaug met with Motion Blur executives to consider making a feature. He chose to use a notion inspired by Norwegian mythology that he had been mulling about for over 20 years. Troll was filmed in Askim, Dovre, Indre stfold, Lom, yer, Rena, and Ulsteinvik.
Throughout the one-hour, 43 mins runtime of this film, English and Norwegian were the only languages spoken.
Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching Oslo, the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?
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This movie looks so familiar.
Oh oh. Isn’t this Godzilla, but with a different name?
Troll is pretty similar to the classic 1958 Godzilla picture. This feels like Troll’s producers took Godzilla screenplays and picked what they liked from those stories, then adapted it to Norway customs and a Troll monster.
Troll is fascinating to watch if you haven’t seen Godzilla, but if you have, you might not enjoy Troll as much.
Character/Acting: The casting and performance were superb, and there was some hilarious banter thrown in for good measure.
The troll has a high number of Norwegian actors. The bulk of the cast’s performances impressed me. Kim Falck, who played Andreas Isaksen, the Prime Minister’s counselor, was the standout talent for me.
I don’t know him outside of this movie, but he appears to be an introvert or someone shy and uneasy with others. I say this because of the part he played in Troll (being an introverted advisor to the Prime Minister), and he did it flawlessly.
How he created or responded to jokes, how he stutters, how he utilizes his body, and so on. He was my favorite character in the film.
Aside from utilizing his body to express information, he was also hilarious( Although he was not amusing to any of his superiors, because how would he? Except he wanted to lose his job.
Ine Marie Wilmann plays Professor Nora Tidemannn. Marie excels in her work as a lecturer. He conveys a lot of emotion in this video, particularly when she is with her ‘father,’ Tobias Tidemann. In conclusion, I appreciated her performance and would like to see her again in many more movies.
Cinematography: This film was very beautifully shot with excellent cinematography, direction, visual effects, performances, score, and action sequences. It’s a mash-up of Jack and the Beanstalk and King Kong/Godzilla, with a Norwegian legend coming to life as a result of both stories being stitched together.
Themes: Troll addresses a variety of subjects, but I’ll only mention three of them. The battle for existence against overwhelming circumstances, the human-nature interaction, and the notion of a monster as a destructive force and a representation of humanity’s concerns.
DID YOU KNOW?
In an interview with What’s on Netflix, producer Kristian Strand Sinkerud stated that the crew “have ambitions to make a sequel and perhaps two sequels, but it all depends on how the audience is responding to [the film].” Director Uthaug added: “right now we’re focused on one big entertaining movie and let’s see how the response is to that.”
The Troll has some depth to its plot, but alas, it has been put on hold because this is the ultimate ‘humans must win’ movie.
The movie is fun, though predictable and also one-dimensional because they wasted that plot and just stuck with the standard “Monster bad, must kill” trope.
I can guaranty that you’ll enjoy the film, most especially the first and second act. After all said and done, I’ll recommend this film to any sci-fi and adventure lover above the age of 16.
You can watch Troll on Netflix.
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