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5.0 out of 5 stars
With an S for Sublime!, 29 Aug 2011
This movie came about between the 2nd and 3rd Indy movies and it was a golden period for Harrison Ford's career in terms of diversity. Frantic isn't exactly a great, tense thriller but Polanski's slow burn approach and focus purely on Ford has the effect of immersing you into the film. We get lost in the Parisienne atmosphere along with our leading man and Ennio Morricone's music. Contrary to the kidnapping plot, there's a real sly black humor to the proceedings. Its as if Polanski has gleefully surrounded our star with people intent on provoking him. Watching Ford's mounting frustration with the US Embassy, French police and doors that won't open is a joy. Then Emanuelle Seigner's ditzy smuggler turns up to really wind him up! And John Mahony's brief but inane performance in the cafe towards the end always crack me up. Prior to that scene, Mahony's telephone manner is responsible for one of the greatest Harrison Ford moments ever. It would be wrong of me to tout this as an out and out comedy but there is a subtlety at work. (Watch out for the 2 pigeons shagging on the rooftop.)And as the unlikely two leads grow affectionate towards each other we become fond of them right up to the sombre conclusion. I've always liked films which have a certain wandering quality, not an easy thing to do, and whilst Frantic doesn't succeed as a great thriller it excels as a wonderfully atmospheric movie to get lost in. It's probably my favorite Harrison Ford film and definitely one of my favorite movies of all time.