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
After his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Mon Idole (Whatever You Say), French actor Guillaume Canet now brings us Tell No One, based on American writer Harlan Coben's bestselling thriller. Pediatric Alex, devastated since his wife Margot was savagely murdered in the early days of their marriage eight years before, receives an anonymous email. When he clicks on the link indicated, he sees a woman's face standing in a crowd and being filmed in real time. Margot's face... Is she still alive? And why does she instruct him to tell no one? So many questions that our hero does not have time to consider: he barely even has time to raise the lid of this Pandora's Box before the police reopen the case. And, eight years down the line, the cops are determined that he will take the rap for murder. Canet has rounded up a stellar cast, which includes Marie-Josée Croze, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Nathalie Baye, André Dussollier, Jean Rochefort, Marina Hands and Canet himself in a $20-million budget thriller featuring relentless suspense and breathtaking action.