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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stylish French Thriller about a Beautiful Female Assassin
This is a good French thriller about a female assassin, which is vaguely reminiscent of Luc Besson's Nikita.
Melanie Laurent plays Lucretia, a stunningly attractive, thirty-something contract killer, who is also a prodigiously talented opera singer. Melanie has the allure of a modern day Catherine Deneuve and it's hard to take your eyes off her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Farcical and leaden.
Pretty scenery and location do not make up for the ridiculous story that connects a Scottish opera singer with the proposed investment in a pipeline that needs his highland property. The film is neither thrilling or exciting. I really ought to have scored it a 2 star but it does have some plus points. Let me know if you find them

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stylish French Thriller about a Beautiful Female Assassin, 24 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Requiem for a Killer [DVD] (DVD)
This is a good French thriller about a female assassin, which is vaguely reminiscent of Luc Besson's Nikita.
Melanie Laurent plays Lucretia, a stunningly attractive, thirty-something contract killer, who is also a prodigiously talented opera singer. Melanie has the allure of a modern day Catherine Deneuve and it's hard to take your eyes off her.
Alexander Child is a thirty-something French opera singer, who owns land and a distillery in the Scottish Highlands. An oil company named British Oil wants to lay a new pipeline through the land, but Alexander doesn't want to sell the fruits of his life's labours.
Reverend Van Kim Kummant is an "arranger' for contract killings, and British Oil instruct him to facilitate the death of Mr Child. He subsequently employs Lucretia to do the deed.
Rico is a retired French Secret Service agent, who makes a living as a classically trained guitarist. The Secret Service have intel that a hit is planned on Alex, and they task Rico to track down the assassin - they think that they're looking for a male killer.
The principal characters meet up at a stunning Swiss chateau in the Alps, and it's a truly glorious setting for the tale. Alexander is going to be the central performer in a recital, Rico is in the orchestra, and Lucretia will be performing a duet with Alex. What follows then is a clever cat and mouse tale of Lucretia's efforts to do what she's paid for, whilst Rico is all the while closing in on his target. However, matters are significantly complicated by the growing personal relationships of these individuals...
The film is shot with typical French flair and elegance. The classical film score is exquisite. Melanie Laurent is the most beautiful French actress I've seen since Catherine Deneuve, she has the most spell-binding green eyes, and she does an excellent job of conveying the mixed emotions of an assassin with a heart. The support cast are excellent too. However, the film does have a languid pace, the action scenes are very limited, and the tension is very low level. All in all, I'd rate this thriller at 3.5 stars.
Superior films about assassins include Luc Besson's Leon, The Mechanic (both the original with Charles Bronson and the remake with Jason Statham), The Jackal with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere, Frederick Forsyth's The Day Of The Jackal, and, in my view, the finest of them all - Luc Besson's Nikita - Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray], The Mechanic [DVD] [1972], The Mechanic [Blu-ray], The Jackal [Blu-ray] [1997] [Region Free], The Day Of The Jackal [DVD] [2010] [2003], Nikita [Blu-ray].
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, 20 April 2014
An Excellent film with a plot that twists and turns and is full of surprises. Melanie Laurent gives a first class performance as the singer come assassin with second thoughts. As an aside, there is some beautiful scenery and it is a great way to improve your French too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Dec 2014
Not my usual style of go to, but none the less enjoyable and interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Farcical and leaden., 16 July 2014
Pretty scenery and location do not make up for the ridiculous story that connects a Scottish opera singer with the proposed investment in a pipeline that needs his highland property. The film is neither thrilling or exciting. I really ought to have scored it a 2 star but it does have some plus points. Let me know if you find them

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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Thriller, 24 Oct 2013
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Clovis Cornillac and Melanie Laurent do a fine job as reluctant assassins. I hope they make a sequel. Supporting players furnish the fabric essential to make the story work.
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