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Dante 01 [DVD] [2008]

Lambert Wilson , Linh Dan Pham , Marc Caro    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lambert Wilson, Linh Dan Pham, Dominique Pinon, Yann Collette, Bruno Lochet
  • Directors: Marc Caro
  • Producers: Richard Grandpierre
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A47GES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French sci-fi thriller set aboard Dante 01, a high-security prison ship and psychiatric research unit. Saint Georges (Lambert Wilson) is the sole survivor of an encounter with an alien force, and arrives at Dante 01 for psychiatric evaluation. Unfortunately, his horrifying alien encounter has left him with a strange infection which soon begins to spread to the other occupants of the ship, resulting in a violent rebellion that turns the entire facility upside down.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity 10 Nov 2010
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Lambert Wilson is as excellent in this intriguing film as his character is mysterious. However, the film really demanded more time than it was given to explore Wilson's potential origins, the tension between the other prisoner's natural impulses and their growing faith in their new found saviour, and ultimately the predicament they face as their doom beckons.

The finalé was a bit of a cop out in my view, but it doesn't make the film any less worth seeing. It just means it isn't great and is only 3 - not 4 - stars.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually and audibly beautiful 27 May 2009
Format:DVD
Dante 01 is not the film to watch if you're after block-busting action and twisty plotting; however, if you're after an original, visually and audibly stunning Sci-Fi, you've come to the right place. In the vain of other recent Sci-Fi's, such as Eden Log, Sunshine and Chrysalis, Dante 01 is set in deep-space, and focuses on a group of 8 criminals in a spaceship, being illegally tested on by a small party of egotistical scientists.

Marc Caro, director -in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Jeunet- of Delicatessen and City Of Lost Children, in his first solo feature manages to accommodate more than enough in the way of dizzying special effects and stunningly detailed set-pieces. However, as Dante 01 flies ahead with all its beautifully intriguing images, you begin to loose hope of any defining plotlines.

...Not that this is a bad thing, of course. Furthermore, Dante 01's visual splendour is developed with Caro's unusually colourful lighting techniques and a fantastic make-up effects team- recalling one utterly horrific, superiorly graphic death scene (sizzling skin has never looked so realistic).

The film becomes increasingly more satisfying during the final half hour. Not meaning to spoil things for you, but there's a Sunshine-style twist that occurs, which is sure to exhilarate you and help you agree that Dante 01 is one of the finest and most original Sci-Fi's in ages. One to quietly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who is he....? 1 May 2013
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Who is this mysterious Unknown or 'Saint George'? Where did he come from? What are his strange visions all about? These are the questions one is posed with as the story unfolds - and one is still left with them at the end. Some of that is no doubt intended as one is made to explore the religious and philosophical aspects of the film, but one is left feeling that a little more of direction would have helped make sense of it all at the end. Despite the stark nature of the film and some rather strange aspects to the story, this film still held my attention and I will probably rewatch it to 're-examine' its meaning, but it is not a classic even in the SF genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, yet flawed 17 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
This film looks wonderful, has an intriguing premise, and is superbly acted.

It falls down only in lacking a bit more in depth regarding the protagonist's history. With that, and a little more running time, it would be a five star movie. As it is, well, Hollywood haven't done genuine, thoughtful Sci Fi as well as this very often. You have to look for "The Thirteenth Floor" or "Dark City" to find things this good, certainly not any of the "big" movies of recent years, with the notable exception of "Moon".

Really, really good, if you like sci-fi (rather than high tech cowboys and indians), you should like this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien 3 Versus The Green Mile 17 May 2010
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Visually stunning, well acted and unremittingly bleak French sci-fi that promises to be a cerebral treat like 2001 or Silent Running but that ending leaves a bad taste in the mouth. The expected enigmatic protagonist appears at an infernal prison station orbiting a volcanic planet - Dante. The intriguing guinea pig/lab rat angle of above versus below is not explored to any satisfactory degree and ambiguity in the final ten minutes mean you will either think it's genius or perhaps a cooler head will prevail and you will feel cruelly cheated by a left-field ending that is not sign-posted and instead of being revelatory, it is almost risible. A glorious mis-fire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars kinda 23 Mar 2013
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Kinda odd, French speaking film. It is certainly unusual and, as far as i can make out, seems to be an offering as an alternative logic to christianity and the starting of life. Pretty good film, but you wont be re-watching it much.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There seems to be a kind of curse affecting French directors every time when they try to make a SF movie. Most of them fail because of low budgets, but here it was clearly not the case - with 8 millions Euros director Marc Caro had quite a comfortable war treasure, at least by Old Continent standards.

This film suffers from another frequent weakness in French SF films - a very weak scenario. As one of previous reviewers noticed, Marc Caro clearly looked for inspiration in other films: "Alien3" and "Green Mile", and I think also a little bit in "One flew over the cuckoo's nest". But mostly he failed to mix his cocktail right and the result is very disappointing.

The initial idea of a secret penal space station orbiting a vulcanic planet in a remote star system, allowing the mysterious "Company" to conduct experiences on dangerous criminals and psychopaths, seemed promising. The names of all persons present on board were also well chosen: the chief of station is Charon, the female doctor is Persephone and the inmates are called Cesar, Lazarus, Moloch, Buddha, Attila and Raspoutine (there are also two security guards, BR and CR, but they are less important to the plot). Then all the delicate balance of this "little hell" (which by the way appears in space as a cross...) is disrupted by the arrival of two newcomers: Elisa, who is a doctor and a new inmate, "Unknown", but soon called "Saint George", because of a tattoo on his shoulder. Oh, by the way, everybody in the film is bald...

That covers the first five minutes. It could be a really good film with such a starting point - but sadly it isn't. It is very slow. People act absurdly. There is a lot of weird visions which will not be explained. People vomit a lot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars review.
Not particularly very good , worth a watch maybe if you love all sci fi space genre films and. can tolerate French/English subtitles low average only.
Published 12 months ago by G.I. joe
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
even though it is a combination of French and English and done simply with no real special effects it manages to keep your interest quit well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by syd
5.0 out of 5 stars Dante 01
Disappointed. When I saw this film on show I thought it was in English and so purchased it. I gave it away
Published 19 months ago by Bracon
1.0 out of 5 stars What the hell was that?!!!
There would seem to be a crises in French cinema having just seen this and Eden Log! - too much missdirected rage and no actual thought process. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MR S C STIRLING
2.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals but what happened to the plot
This is a classic case of form over function. The director clearly invested all his effort into making a great looking film but forgot that you need a plot to go along with... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy mishmash
Disappointed in this. It starts off promisingly enough, but dissolves into chaotic assemblage of scenes which, I think, the director/editor ran out of footage and ended up cobbling... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jinjapewbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Very polished but seriously flawed
A decent but not outstanding film that treads some familiar sci-fi ground- an isolated space station, claustrophobic, its true purpose shrouded in mystery, with a cast of sinister... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2009 by Mr. Stuart Bruce
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