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Not French cinema's finest hour
on 6 December 2009
I'm broadly in agreement with the previous reviewer who described this film as "uninspired". Like him, I was dissatisfied by
1) a plot which did indeed stretch credibility to extremes, the police were so incompetent, they could have been straight out of Da Vinci Code,
2) I also found it strange that the plot line of the actual killer wasn't followed through - it was almost as if it was something originally in the movie and then later scenes were deleted. But leaving references in the film did lead to expectations that this line would play a part in the denouement - OK you could argue that it's a plot device to throw you off the actual ending, but without saying anything about how the film actually ends, it's not as though you're left in any doubt of the direction in which it's going !
3) I found the character development of the male lead character unsatisfying. However desperate the guy might have been, I didn't feel that he convincingly displayed the path from normal guy to where he ended up - it was all a little too sudden for me. Yes, ordinary people can do unlikely things - one thinks of the Michael Douglas film Falling Down where all of a sudden it's all too much for him and he cracks - but I didn't feel that this was handled convincingly.
Having said all that, the film chugged along reasonably entertainingly, the points above were minor annoyances but not show stoppers - basically I've seen a lot better films, but equally a lot worse too !! So three stars it is then - keeping the average where it currently stands !