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Harrison Ford stars as an American doctor who is pulled into a Byzantine underworld of crime and corruption when his wife is kidnapped in Paris in this tightly wound thriller--Frantic. With shattering suddenness, an ordinary man is thrust into an extraordinary adventure. When Richard Walker (Ford) steps out of his hotel room shower, he realizes that his wife (Betty Buckley) is gone--and that the nearby suitcase is not hers. Now, a stranger in a strange land, Walker must perform acts of heroism of which he never suspected himself capable--and forms a wary alliance with a beautiful young Parisienne (Emmanuelle Seigner) who holds the key to the mystery of his wife's disappearance.]]>
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Despite the fact that it's made by Warner Bros., FRANTIC has a distinctive European production feel to it. Yes, it's filmed in Paris,but the feel, pace and cinematography make one realize that Frantic is really a European film which has an American star at its helm. It's not often that big stars, such as Harrison Ford, step out of the Hollywood production scene to make a European-type feature. It's no surprise, then, that FRANTIC was hugely successfull in Europe.
The film has the spirit of Hitchcock throughout it. Even its premise: Harrison Ford's(Dr. Richard Walker) wife mysteriously vanishes from his hotel upon arriving in Paris for a conference. It differes from other films with a similar plot (such as THE VANISHING and BREAKDOWN), in that the audience is just as at a loss as Walker is. We only know what he knows. We discover parts of the mystery as he methodically puts the peices together. This aspect is what really creates the film's gripping suspense and makes one relate and empathise with Dr. Walker's anguish. In the afore mentioned movies, there is a bi-linear plot where we see what is going on from the kidnapper's point of view, which make things all-too obvious.
For those critics that say that Harrison Ford can't act, they obviously haven't seen this movie.Read more ›
Roman Polanski crafts a creepily realistic thriller. The first half is near flawless, as Ford investigates the mysterious disappearance of his wife. Things do start to unravel a bit as we find out just what happened to her, the mysterious becoming just mundane Hollywood fare. Still, Polanski's direction is so assured that I'm willing to forgive this fault. His own tragic personal loss clearly informs this dark, unceasingly serious film.
Although filmed in Paris, Polanski makes a fascniating choice. This is not the "City of Lights" we're used to. Instead, Polanski shows the city at its absolute worst, delighting in its ugliness. The film opens and closes with lengthy shots of a highway passing through dreary suburbs. Trash trucks are forever collecting garbage and obscuring the Eiffel Tower. We constantly see bathrooms, alleys, concrete parking structures, rooms lit by banks of fluorescent lights, rundown apartments, the list goes on. This is not to say the film is ugly, it's beautifully shot, but not to look like a series of postcard images, this is a working, living organism of a city.
There is an almost documentary feel to this film that will alienate many viewers. This is arthouse style filmmaking. There are no easy jokes and little snappy dialogue. Multiplex moviegoers, used to instant, constant gratification will be disappointed. But those who like a little more depth and intelligence to their thrillers will be mesmerized.
Sadly, the American DVD is a disaster.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie is admittedly old. But the story revolves around an illogical incident - people looking for a suitcase that would gladly have been given to them - yet they decide to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandi McGinnes
I really like this Harrison Ford movie. The girl who helps him find his wife is now Roman Polanski's wife and Roman Polanski directed this movie.Published 4 months ago by mvanfleter
Rented for nostalgia. I worked for the company that made the switchPublished 5 months ago by Marthanna C Hopwood
I only rated this movie a 4 star review., because I have seen it before. I saw it years ago., and wanted to see again. BUT, do to I had to have silverlight to watch. Read morePublished 5 months ago by stevie
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