TROLL (2022) Reviews of Netflix monster movie – with new poster

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‘Mountains will move’
Troll is a 2022 Norwegian monster movie about something gigantic that wakes up in the Dovre mountain after a thousand years in captivity. The creature destroys everything in its path and quickly approaches Oslo.

Directed by Roar Uthaug (Tomb Raider; The Wave) from a screenplay written by Espen Aukan. Produced by Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud.

The Motion Blur Films production stars Ine Marie Wilmann (War Sailor), Kim Falck, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Gard B. Eidsvold and Pål Richard Lunderby.


Troll will be available for streaming on Netflix on December 1, 2022.

“What Troll lacks in originality, it makes up for in fresh mythology. The leads are pleasant enough to get the job done, even if there’s not much to these characters. It’s well crafted and efficient in pacing, only briefly touching on requisite environmental concepts. It’s fun enough and does deliver on spectacle, but most of all, it leaves you rooting for its magnificent creature.” 2,5 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting

Surprises are limited in Troll, but the entertainment value of the feature is present, giving monster movie fans a decent ride of large-scale action and near-misses, sold with competent performances and cinematic energy, with the helmer providing clean directorial execution, just not always the most imaginative storytelling.” 3.5 out of 5,

“Despite the movie’s overly-familiar storytelling beats, Aukan and Uthaug’s screenplay does cover some of the fascinating age-old mythology surrounding the troll and even incorporates related allegories of environmental disaster, human greed and the nature-fights-back catastrophe. The movie also benefits from an overall decent cast, notably Ine Marie Wilmann as Nora and Gard B. Eidsvold as Tobias…” 3 out of 5, Casey’s Movie Mania

“Okay, Troll would probably struggle if it had to compete theatrically with the King Kong, Godzilla or Jurassic Park movies, but as a big-time small-screen event movie it is pretty great. Yes, some scènes border on the absurd, but does anyone going in expect a serious drama? Even with some flaws, the spectacle is definitely on the screen.” A Celebration of Cinema

“The film’s action sequences are okay but not top-notch. Through all the film’s flaws, it is difficult to take the film seriously. Sometimes it feels more like a comedy than an action-packed drama. It very often becomes involuntarily funny and you laugh your way through what is presented in the film very seriously. Sadly, the film is completely devoid of anything exciting…” 2 out of 5, Filmparadiset [translated from Swedish]


“The film is definitely a quick and entertaining watch. It gets into action without wasting much time in drama building and being overly mysterious. However, the ending feels a bit anti-climactic, until you get to the mid-credit scene. This film certainly isn’t the end and there could be more in the coming future.” Leisure Byte

Troll is a fantastic monster movie, it brings the chaos of a Godzilla movie, the heart of a King Kong movie mixed together with Norwegian folklore to excellent effect. The special effects for the movie are amazing, nothing looks out of place in what could well be some of the best special effects this year. Add in the backdrop of the Norwegian mountain range, you have a beautiful location for the movie to unfold.

“Clearly, Uthaug is not taking all this entirely seriously, but he never pitches Troll as a spoof. He takes spectacle seriously–even when at least one of the operations enacted to subdue the titan border on the downright goofy–and to that end, the visual effects of the troll and its devastation are first-rate, both out in rural areas, including a great reveal that’s unfortunately given away in the trailer…” Rue Morgue

“Like any good kaiju film, Troll also builds some sympathy for its giant. Early in the film, he saves a child from falling debris giving a hint that he’s not purely evil. And, when we find out why he’s heading for Oslo and what was done to him centuries ago in the name of Christianity he actually becomes sympathetic. This leads to a finale that’s by turns both morbidly funny and oddly touching.” 4 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony


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