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Chrysalis (2007)

Albert Dupontel , Marie Guillard , Julien Leclercq  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard
  • Directors: Julien Leclercq
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NY6YR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Paris, 2025: A tough cop haunted by a murder he could not stop. A young woman scarred by a dark secret from her past. A hunt for a killer with a taste for sadism. And a city where sleek technology meets a conspiracy of violence and corruption. You may think you've seen it before, but debut feature director Julien Leclercq now delivers a startling combination of eye popping visuals, shocking twists and explosive action scenes to create the most unique futuristic crime thrill in years.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film, a worthwhile DVD March 15, 2009
This had received very little press in the US distribution market so I was intrigued to see how a French scifi/near future film might fare. And by the time the end credits rolled (to some nice rock/classical themes), I was impressed and surprised this had not reached a larger market.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A French Sci-Fi Movie that Americans will Love! May 11, 2009
A sleek and sophisticated Science Fiction film with a wonderful mix of style, brains, and action-adventure.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Send it to Hollywood June 24, 2011
This is a good movie. More three and a half stars as opposed to the three I gave it but the French don't have a big history in science fiction film making. And, as good as this is, it could have been near great.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut, interesting sci-fi thriller December 14, 2012
By Tamin
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.
I thought the scene of a remote virtual operation was particularly well-done.
Part mystery, part sci-fi thriller, a good story with some great moments.
Overall, I thought the film had a compelling futuristic noir look and feel that I really enjoyed. I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL June 28, 2010
It seems in the not to distant future there won't be much lighting so everything will appear to be made of stainless steel. The movie combines a Dirty Harry wannabe with the eye clamps of "Clockwork Orange" and the Neural Neutralizer from Star Trek. The story runs for a long time with a plot and subplot that seem very disconnected, annoyingly so, but hey they are French.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gary Woolsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
No problems!
Published 3 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fight scenes AND Melanie Thierry
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 more
Published on June 19, 2010 by Touch of Class
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than it probably has a right to be.
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 more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Please see other 1-Star Review
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 more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Jelly Jar
1.0 out of 5 stars Stolen Concept & Still Really Dumb
(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 more
Published on June 26, 2009 by G. Teslovich
3.0 out of 5 stars Original yet didnt quite deliver
There were alot of unique thoughts portrayed in this movie I would give alot of credit to the film crew and whoever directed the ideas for the filming i guess my turn off with this... Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Christopher J. Danvers
4.0 out of 5 stars We have the technology. We can rebuild them.
A set of seemingly unconnected events in Paris in the near future gradually coalesce in this taut, French thriller. Read more
Published on March 8, 2009 by Junglies
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