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Vidocq is shot with a short wide angled lens, which distorts distances and the images within each frame. Most scenes contain vibrant colors that feel out of place and are combined with peculiar zooms and camera angles that coerce the audience into a visual bizarre matrix. There is also wide use of computer generated images which makes the whole thing look nightmarish. The lens, colors, cinematography, and the CGI enhance the bizarre story, which is well-written. As the film snowballs it becomes more complex as it leads toward the true identity of the killer, which in the end offers a pretty good cinematic experience as the many elements of film making break new ground for cinema.
What Vidocq is, is nothing short of a mark for cinemaphiles. It is the first all-digitally produced film. It is a great gothic tapestry woven over an hour and a half that ends in a great showdown... But overall, it is an example of a film that was created outside of Hollywood, and using more European conventions to tell the story. It was very enjoyable to watch this film, because the story was not immediately obvious.
The visuals are INCREDIBLE! The sequence in the field with the lightning (you will know when you see it) is magnificent. I think that this is a template for what can (and will) be done in the future of digital filmmaking. I highly recommend this film.
Vidocq is hot on the trail of three men he considers dangerous perverts with dark motives. They lead him to The Alchemist (Guillaume Canet), an urban legend Vidocq has been studying for some time. He concludes correctly that The Alchemist is a real man - and tracks him down mercilessly.
The twists in the plot are not all that labyrinthine; some are quite predictable whilst others are silly. The end is half expected, half total surprise. What astonishes me is not only the technological achievements of the film, but the fact that as early as 2001, someone in France was wise enough to do the first "steampunk" film with Vidocq as its central character. As has been indicated, this, not George Lucas' ATTACK OF THE CLONES, is the first film ever to be shot 100% digitally (with the Sony digital 1080p 24 fps).
It matters little; the film has a made-for-TV look to it that I cannot quite accustom myself to watching. Yet it held me riveted, fascinated, as much for its excellence, cinema for cinema's sake, as for the films it clearly inspired. VIDOCQ started a movement that one could say began with the very first HARRY POTTER, all HARRY POTTER films, and certainly will not end with SHERLOCK HOLMES or SHERLOCK HOLMES 2. Most likely the slightly cheaper production values and the unfortunate timing buried VIDOCQ. Let's resurrect it!Read more ›
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I'm pretty open minded to something out of the ordinary, and in fact rarely watch a movie multiple times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by wmcfred
The story is captivating! The acting superb! And the filming gives it that eerie film noir kind of feel! Excellent film!Published 1 month ago by Chris Halpin
I wasn't expecting much was surprised to find a captivating and artistic work that kept me on the edge of my seat. The only disappointing part was the English dipping. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William R.Mitchell
This overlooked horror film is a feast for the eyes although at times the English dubbing threatens to break the spell of willing disbelief. The plot is twisty and complex. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GeekGrrl
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