Tell No One
is that rare thing, a French thriller that bears all the hallmarks of a Hollywood remake, only with the French left in. There's no actual time to ponder the glossy look and feel though, as François Cluzet's stoic but grief-stricken widower Alex races to clear his name, when the case of his wife's murder is reopened after eight years. This set up is wound even tighter upon his receipt of an email, seemingly from his wife, instructing him to follow those titular instructions.
What follows is a nerve-tugging chase movie making best possible use of Harlan Cobens source material as Alex ducks and weaves between shady underworld goons, a gang of surprisingly helpful thugs and two laid back detectives, all of whom help raise the game of cat and mouse to dizzying heights. The twists and turns are many, and even though the story is a little too long, and its reveal steeped in a Miss Marple-sized helping of exposition, the films emotional centre remains intact to the very last scene. While a big studio remake of Tell No One wont be short on A-List appeal and big noisy action, matching this films mix of thrills and heart will be a rare feat indeed. --Luke Mawson