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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The darkest cop movie since The Offence
Although it was 36 Quai des Orfevres ( 36 Quai des Orfèvres ) [DVD] [2006] that got the critical acclaim and the international release, it's Olivier Marchal's unrelated follow-up MR 73 (it's a make of handgun) that's the more impressive of the two. Rather than the double act of Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu as cops at self-destructive loggerheads, this...
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Auteuil is Fantastic
'MR73' is a French serial killer thriller movie that released in 2008 and is also known as 'The Last Deadly Mission' in USA. MR73 is French Police slang for Manurhin MR73, which is a French-manufactured revolver. The revolver was issued to France's elite Police and Military Special Weapons and Tactics Officers.

The movie is supposed to be inspired by the...
Published on 2 May 2010 by Mitun


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The darkest cop movie since The Offence, 16 Sep 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Although it was 36 Quai des Orfevres ( 36 Quai des Orfèvres ) [DVD] [2006] that got the critical acclaim and the international release, it's Olivier Marchal's unrelated follow-up MR 73 (it's a make of handgun) that's the more impressive of the two. Rather than the double act of Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu as cops at self-destructive loggerheads, this focuses on Auteuil's alcoholic cop, a broken man being buried alive surrounded by people leading lives of quiet desperation in the aftermath of the crimes and tragedy that are his daily bread.

Despite being released directly to video-on-demand in the US by the cash-strapped Weinstein Company under the actionably misleading title The Last Deadly Mission, this isn't a vigilante fantasy where good cops are let down by the system but a drama where bad cops fighting each other, secure in the knowledge that the worst will be covered up, is the real problem. In that context the unconvincing opening sequence where Auteuil's drunken cop hijacks a bus to take him home makes at least some sense: with the IAD more interested in covering up to protect the department's image, the system only punishes its own when they try to do the right thing. And it's trying to do the right thing, following a hunch and trying to get his life back on track, that has disastrous consequences here because he's simply no longer up to the job...

Based on a real case which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the French police, this has a real insider's feel for the despair that comes with doing the job too long, making it a harder sell at the box-office despite the odd well-handled moments of violence but also a surprisingly engrossing drama. It helps that Marchal doesn't repeat some of the mistakes that let down parts of his debut: in particular Bruno Coulais' score doesn't drown the film like Erwann Kermorvant and Axelle Renoir's monothematic wall-to-wall scoring in 36 but is simply there when needed. It's not entirely successful - the rebirth metaphor at the end is a bit clumsy, though that can be taken as irony in a film relentlessly charting one man's destruction of himself - but at its best it has a gravity and a power that hasn't been seen in cop movies for years.

Optimum's UK DVD has a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with the trailer the only extra. Gaumont's French DVD and Bluray are much better served with extras - director's commentary, 9 deleted scenes, 55-minute documentary and trailer - but while the feature is subtitled in English, the extras on that edition are all unsubtitled French.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John du Prey - Classical Review, 6 April 2012
This review is from: MR 73 [DVD] (DVD)
True heroines are borne not always from enflamed passion, but from a dire need to make things right. Excruciating memories haunt our heroine Justine Maxence in "MR 73" (2008, in French, aka "The Last Deadly Mission") to the point she can no longer tolerate the thought - that the human devil who raped, tortured, and then murdered her mother in front of her - while she was yet a child - then tortured and murdered her father - all done throughout the night - will be released from prison on good behavior. This nightmare now encompasses her every thought. We wait upon her words. Her suffering ignites all levels of compassion and empathy for us. Her character is linked by a common plot thread to her drunken knight (a police detective who investigated her parents' murder many years before). Her unlikely garde du corps will protect her, her family, and her baby. But he has to exit his own hell first; he has to pick up the pieces of his dissipated life, visit his paralyzed wife once more, and finish his own investigation. This is serious plot tension for those of us who desire a strength, precision, and depth in a movie thriller and tragedy.

We have the feminine soul in torment with the young pregnant woman Justine (brilliantly played by Olivia Bonamy). We have the masculine soul in torment with the self-destructing homicide detective Schneider (superbly played by renowned French actor Daniel Auteuil). In this graphic `investigating serial killings' crime thriller, replete with subtle nuances of plot progression, character depth (especially our two tormented souls), chilling acts of torture & murder - all encased in a tightly-woven storyline with the refined hand of a masterful writer/director (Olivier Marchal).

Once Justine's husband leaves her, once she supposedly sets in motion her own death by sending her photograph and a note to the `soon to be released killer of her parents', we assume the worse. The psychotic master criminal (Charles Subra, played with cold terror by Philippe Nahon) pretends to be 'reformed & redeemed by God' to get out of prison; we know he will find Justine to torture and kill her as a final act of evil (his deadly legacy). This dramatic irony, the work of another serial killer of women on the loose, the corruption of a high ranking police officer, the noble friendships between the survivors of overlapping tragedies - these storylines weave intricately together toward our final denouement in Act III, Scene 3.

The lines of fire have been drawn. The plot can only be extinguished by brutal acts of retribution, a mercy killing, and a 'freeing of Justine's very soul from her torment and fear'. Tension builds with clarity - even as thoroughly dissipated Detective Schneider pursues first one serial killer then the other one; all the while drawn into a web of police corruption, he displays his own noble obligation to rescue three women, Justine, his paralyzed wife, and his former lover/fellow police officer (Marie Angéli, played with sensitivity and depth by Catherine Marchal). One has to watch this excellent movie to appreciate it to the fullest.

Highly recommend this film to those who enjoy high-end thrillers with a solid storyline. The scenes of torture in its aftermath may offend the sensitivities of some persons.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Being So Cheerful As Keeps Me Going, 4 Sep 2011
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MR73 is a grim film involving lots of damaged people and some very nasty crimes, but at times the pursuit of the sex-killer is secondary(nice series of clues for those of us who follow these things though). As in 36 the cops are at war with themselves just as much as with the criminals, and procedure is honoured only in the breach and never the observance. But this we know from Spiral and La Balance etc etc, what will make or break the film for most of us I expect is the performance of Auteuil. The other cops have a 2D quality, All Bad or All Unlucky, but Auteuil's character has a back story. The script seemed to sag badly in the middle but ended up by being on target; in the end a film about displaced love rather than directed rage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Auteuil Magic!, 22 Feb 2013
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Another very good film showcasing M. Auteuil's talent. Not a moment to be distracted you just have to keep watching to the last frame.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Auteuil is Fantastic, 2 May 2010
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This review is from: MR 73 [DVD] (DVD)
'MR73' is a French serial killer thriller movie that released in 2008 and is also known as 'The Last Deadly Mission' in USA. MR73 is French Police slang for Manurhin MR73, which is a French-manufactured revolver. The revolver was issued to France's elite Police and Military Special Weapons and Tactics Officers.

The movie is supposed to be inspired by the directors (Olivier Marchal) own experiences when he was a Police Officer. It's also the last part of the directors crime trilogy starting with 'Gangsters', which I haven't seen yet and the cracking, gripping, tense '36 Quai des Orfèvres (AKA Department 36)'. The latter is the French equivalent of 'Heat', starring Al Pacino and Robert Deniro. Personally speaking, '36 Quai des Orfèvres' is better than 'Heat'.

Right getting back to 'MR73', I was really looking forward to it after '36 Quai des Orfèvres' and I must say, I'm disappointed man or shall I say, "Je suis un homme déçu". Apologies if my French is poor.

The movie tells the main story of an alcoholic cop (Daniel Auteuil) who whilst struggling with his mental state attempts to hunt down a serial killer rapist. As this happens, another story unfolds, where we see a jailed killer (Philippe Nahon) who is up for parole being contacted by the daughter (Olivia Bonamy) of one of his victims.

The second story is the demise of the movie as it takes the fire away from the main story. Both stories become mixed up, and sadly the main story is overshadowed by this. It's clear when watching the movie that the makers weren't sure, which story to concentrate on. As a result the momentum of the movie is affected big time. The second story with Nahon and Bonamy doesn't have much depth and is directionless, basically the movie would've benefited without this.

The movie starts well in a dark manner arising curiosity in the first 30 minutes and you start to feel the tension. The movie then goes on a downward spiral as it becomes, slow, directionless and presents the viewer with some pointless scenes. At this point I was hoping for a reprival, it did happen at the end but sadly it was too late. The final 15-20 minutes was sort of satisfying due to a sudden increase in pace and an impressive climax.

The performances of both Nahon and Bonamy are competent. The show stealer is the extremely talented Auteuil who provides a restrained but intense performance. The performance was that good that I sometimes forgot about the movies inefficiencies and gave it another chance.

The direction provided by Olivier Marchal is stylish and impressive when extracting the good performances from the actors. Where he fails is when he attempts to execute both stories resulting in losing direction and the viewers attention.

Please note that the movie is also quite violent and graphical, which a section of the viewers won't appreciate.

The DVD contains removable English subtitles but there is no English dubbed language option.

The movie didn't meet my expectations but is watchable and just about average.

The movie is worth watching if you're an Auteuil or a Marchal fan. For film fans in general, please watch '36 Quai des Orfèvres', it's a true entertainer.

'MR73' is an AK47 wannabe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific gripping movie, 11 Aug 2014
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Gritty, gripping and powerful. The French break all records with their detective writing, they did invent Noire after all!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MR73, 10 Nov 2011
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Really dark film led with maestria by Daniel Auteuil! One of my favourites after "36 Quai des Orfèvres". A must-see!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 July 2014
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Better than I expected. Transaction A for excellent !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he is fantastic, always play's well, 6 Sep 2014
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he is fantastic,always play's well.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Farcical Thriller From The Director Of 36, 17 Nov 2010
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Tragic alcoholic detective Louis Schneider(Daniel Auteuil)hijacks a bus in a drunken stupor and finds himself taken off the major serial killer investigation that he was heading up.His sworn enemy from within the ranks takes over but Louis still takes an interest and no amount of police corruption and backstabbing will deny him from uncovering the truth.Mirroring Louis' story is that of Justine a woman still coming to terms with the brutal slaying of her parents by a man who is seeking to be paroled.Soon Louis and Justine's lives intersect and things begin to unravel.

Olivier Marchal coming off the success of the excellent 36 bites off more than he can chew here.No amount of Gallic style can cover a story that for the first half maintains a reasonable level of interest partly due to Auteuil's prodigeous drinking and numerous flashbacks to previous crimes Therein lies the first problem,every plotline is signposted well in advance so as to remove all possible tension and all the main caharacters are without exception ridiculously cliched - from the female boss putting it about with an underling to Auteuil taking in a cat left by a murder victim to a nutjob faking religeous conversion.No stone is left unturned in turning out stock characterisations- Eastenders would be mortified if it had this many.

At halfway Mr 73 loses it's marbles completely and becomes Death Wish.Multiple murders,attempted cover-ups and risible dialogue admittedly all served up with little fanfare makes the whole thing a farce and the relatively sombre tone only adds to the ludicrous hat-rick of kills at the denouement.

Subtlety is not Marchal's strongpoint and while he got away with it on 36,he does not here.Auteuil is left high and dry with one fight scene being so badly staged that you can see the punch missing without the use of slo-mo.Made in 2007 and for whatever reason it took 3 yrs to get a belated release here on dvd,it was not worth the wait.

Disarmingly bad
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