Film Review: A Troll Just Out For A Stroll

Troll is a monster film that explores Norwegian folklore. The screenplay was written by Espen Aukan with Roar Uthaug serving as director. The cast includes Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Anneke von der Lippe, and Mads Sjogard Pettersen.

A paleontologist is brought in by the Norwegian government to help investigate the strange deaths of several miners and protesters that occurred in something burst from the ground. The paleontologist’s father happens to be an expert in folklore and quickly identifies the giant creature roaming the land as a mountain troll. The military and government are trying to figure out how to stop this enormous wanderer from destroying Oslo. A very familiar sort of plot in a rather unconventional locale.

The film was somewhat better than I expected. Not much in way of new ground being broken though. The performances were not terrible. The father-daughter drama was not too out of place. The special effects were not bad. I am not sure if the actual mythology was accurately presented. The monster was convincingly hideous. and ferocious.

I ended up liking many aspects of the film, but I am under no illusion that this is going to be considered a masterpiece. It’s just another monster movie that was fairly amusing but not much more than that.

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