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A futuristic tale of US and Euro security groups working together to confiscate a memory manipulation device before it falls into the wrong hands. The story is told through two undetermined groups of people that have mysterious backgrounds and unknown motives, one in the Paris law enforcement and the other in an unnamed medical facility (reminiscent of a THX1138 kind of color scheme and feel). There is plenty of suspense, competent gun play, well choreographed hand-to-hand fighting, slo-mo camera work, good music, awesome 3D holographic imaging, intrigue as to what is really happening, plot twists and memory loss to go around.
I thought the cast acted quite well, and for the amount of material covered in this piece, played adequately against what could have been a much longer film (and I would not have complained as there are several aspects that could have used more screen time). You will recognize some faces from other more known films like Babylon AD, Irreversible and Carnivale, but I felt the ensemble here was well put together.
The quality of the DVD came across nicely (from a BD to a large plasma) and the sound was mixed best when the music would play in the slo-mo sequences. The DVD docu is 25 minutes long, competently put together and covers all aspects of the production with this relatively unknown director.
Overall, a great film on a solid DVD with good special effects and futuristic visions. Wish this could have gotten a larger release.
This is a French film with subtitles but will appeal to any American fan of intelligent Science Fiction or action movies.
In a near-future Paris, a film-noir-style detective looks for vengance on the man who killed his partner and ends up finding something much more interesting. To reveal more would be to ruin the fun, but I will say that fans of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse TV show may guess part of what is coming.
The story is as intelligent as the best Cinema Science Fiction and engages the mind as well as the nerve endings.
The special effects are classy and stylish and original.
But the coolest thing about this movie are the scenes of hand-to-hand combat. It is bone-crunchingly powerful. Most kung-fu action scenes are as much a dance as anything, with two (or more) smallish guys doing creative moves. This movie shows real, strong, adult, MEN, pounding on one another, trying to kill each other with martial arts. AWESOME!
If you enjoy being the first on your block to see great cinema, or
If you enjoy intelligent Sci-Fi, or
If you love good action films.
SEE THIS MOVIE. THE PRICE ON AMAZON IS VERY INEXPENSIVE COMPARED TO MANY FAR WORSE FILMS.
Here's the scoop. A cop's pregnant wife/partner gets killed while pursuing a serial killer. A female doctor's daughter gets maimed in a car accident and mom works on getting her put back together and her beauty restored. The two stories are somehow related and therein lies the movie.
I liked this movie. It kept me guessing as to how all this would pan out, which is a good thing. There were some very interesting twists in the plot that were fresh. The production design was generally very good. It used a blue/grey color palette similar to 'Equilibrium.' The acting was good. The directing was good. It had some very good hand to hand fight scenes.
The problem for me was in the resolution. As things began to come together in the third act, and I saw what was happening, I felt it was too light on the climax. Given what was happening, this should have had a huge emotional impact, and it didn't quite get to that level. Hollywood takes a lot of heat (justifiably so) for re-making movies that were already great in other countries. This could use Hollywood's touch. They have a huge history with science fiction and have gotten a lot better at getting the human element into those movies.
Do not get me wrong. If you're at all a fan of the genre this is well worth the time to view it. It's just a bit shy on the tail end.
I was confused by one translation which went something like "I was summoned to the investigation, tomorrow." Apparently they used some type of word for word translation. The main character was written rather poorly. He was the tough cop we had to identify with, but instead he got kick around a lot, had many character flaws, and was not likable. The plot took priority over any kind of significant character development to the point it took away from the movie (not as bad as 2001). I won't say a word about the plot, as it is in part a mystery, and to say anything would spoil it.
The movie is original and worth a peek.
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I enjoyed this movie. Yes, the premise is not new, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
The film has a great look and terrific performances by the cast. Read more
The fight choreography is that of the Bourne Films so hearing that I decided to take a chance. The story takes place in the future and a Cop pursues those responsible for killing... Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by Touch of Class
The negative reviews are not wrong. This is flawed production, not least because the central idea of the story has been more or less been done to death, and done to death... Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Saganite
This movie stinks! I was going into this expecting to see something very original and rewarding, but what I got was a dud...a BIG FAT DUD! Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Jelly Jar
(1.) I actually was hoping this would be a memorable sci-fi movie based on the cover and the name and trusting the competence of one or two unknown viewers. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by G. Teslovich