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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much better than taken 2
Now firstly this film has nothing new to add to the Bourne, Taken films.

But saying that the way this film plays out is fantastic and a it is a very good action/thriller film.

Aaron Eckhart is fantastic as the main star in this movie, working in an office for the government, goes to get some papers that he has left behind, with his teenage daughter,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Taken template with budget thrills
Set in Belgium, Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) stars as high-tech engineer Ben Logan, who arrives to work one day to find the office he works in vacated & everyone gone. As he delves deeper into the matter, a pair of his work associates try to eliminate him & his estranged daughter Amy (Liana Liberato -Trust) so the pair go on the run. As it turns out, Logan is...
Published 15 months ago by Jules


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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much better than taken 2, 26 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
Now firstly this film has nothing new to add to the Bourne, Taken films.

But saying that the way this film plays out is fantastic and a it is a very good action/thriller film.

Aaron Eckhart is fantastic as the main star in this movie, working in an office for the government, goes to get some papers that he has left behind, with his teenage daughter, finds his company gone, his bank account empty and agents after him.

Now i will not give the film away but this movie puts Taken 2 in the shade, Liam Neeson should have chosen this film instead of the Taken 2 film.

Aaron Eckhart does a great job in the lead role, the action scenes are fantastic and very well done, the pace of the film is very good.

As you can tell i am a fan of this film.

The only criminal thing is that this has gone straight to dvd and not on the big screen.

Get this film if you love action / thriller films.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taken template with budget thrills, 8 April 2013
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This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
Set in Belgium, Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) stars as high-tech engineer Ben Logan, who arrives to work one day to find the office he works in vacated & everyone gone. As he delves deeper into the matter, a pair of his work associates try to eliminate him & his estranged daughter Amy (Liana Liberato -Trust) so the pair go on the run. As it turns out, Logan is ex-CIA, and his past catches up with him, as he finds himself not only up against a big conglomerate, but corrupt ex-CIA colleagues who need him dead & to retain they're sensitive property. Logan put's all his skills into action, trying to keep himself & his daughter alive, while finding a bargaining chip. But it's not going to be easy, as not only is he fighting them, but he's fighting to try & regain the respect of his alienated teenage daughter.

Overall The Expatriate is a decent film, i had high hopes from reading the premise, but sadly it didn't deliver upon my high expectations enough for me to give it anymore than 3.5 stars. As the film unfolds it's very familiar ground to quite a few movies of this genre, the father/daughter relationship worked well here, which was reminiscent in particular of the genre benchmark Taken, but has more in common with Taken 2, with it's own twist on the subject matter. So using the Taken template, the potential was there after a promising beginning, but it just got bogged down in the story, that it doesn't reach out & grab your attention enough through it's 1 hour 30 minute run time to be remarkable or memorable, like the film it's trying to emulate. This is down to a couple of reasons really. Firstly, while the action sequences were good, considering that from the stunts this was a very low budget film, they were too thinly spread out over the proceedings. And inbetween it focused lengthily on the relationship between Eckhart & Liberato, as well as the other characters popping in & out, that parts were drawn out & poorly paced to keep your interest. Some of these father/daughter group sessions contained mumbled/whispering voices in scenes, that i could barley hear a thing on occasion.

The acting was good on the whole, while it hinged on 2 main performances to pull it through. Aaron Eckhart's huge screen presence & strong acting performance made the film that bit better, although he is more brains than brawn, so the hand to hand combat scenes didn't sit quite right. Liana Liberato was assured in her role, managing to easily go from sulky problem teen to scared & assured daughter, albeit a bit of an annoying character at times. Quantum Of Solace, Ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko adds her name more than anything to this, as she pops in & out as a CIA bigwig whose past obviously had some romantic tie in's with Eckhart's character, but her part wasn't too fleshed out & was given surprisingly little screen time. The rest of the cast were OK (A bit of movie trivia, the film also had the working title of "Erased" just prior to release).

In conclusion, it's obvious to see that The Expatriate is a vehicle to try & launch Aaron Eckhart's carer into Liam Neeson's stratosphere. And despite Eckhart's own best efforts, unfortunately the film does not excel in any particular department to get him there. Worth a watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An effective clone of Bourne and Taken., 22 April 2013
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This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
This action thriller works really well and will feel familiar if you've seen other genre offerings. Aaron Eckhart plays a security expert starting a new career in Europe after being reunited with his teenage daughter upon the death of his wife. The movie provides more than enough chases and chop socky to entertain us action junkies, whilst the plot, involving big business and CIA corruption is a little convoluted at times. Eckhart is effective as a father who has to revert to an old skill set when shadowy figures take out his co-workers, pack up his company and effectively erase his identity. Liana Liberato brings a surprising depth to the role of the teenage daughter Anna whereas Olga Kurylenko looks good but is less convincing as a CIA operative. The movie is fast paced and the musical score is as rich as the European locations and serves to bring a reminder of the first Bourne and Taken movies. Not a bad film at all really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pumping action, but it's mainly clichés, 27 July 2014
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Martin Turner "Martin Turner" (Marlcliff, Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
The Expatriate has all the elements of an exciting action movie, all in the right order, with a pumping score to drive them along. Unfortunately, it's a film which is far too obviously made up of the elements, and you can see them arriving one by one.

For example, a tough father with a secret past is working in a foreign country, with his daughter who is staying with him -- his estranged wife is now deceased. How are we to know that he hasn't spent much time with her in the past? Easy, she has a peanut allergy he doesn't know about, which means he has to take her to hospital. Then the company division he works for abruptly disappears, as if it never existed. After he has cleared up the question of whether it existed or not by going to the head office, who confirm that they've never had such a division, he and his daughter are abducted by one of his former colleagues. Fortunately, the former colleague hasn't seen many films, and so doesn't know that when the hero tells his daughter to put her safety belt on, he's about to crash the car. This doesn't quite do it, but we then discover that the hero is even better at unarmed hand to hand combat than his abductor. When the police appear on the scene, instead of giving themselves up and asking them to sort it out, they flee the scene, and go off to investigate in another town.

It's not that any of these things are particularly implausible, it's that we've seen them so often before. Why are all allergies to peanuts? Why is everyone trained in hand-to-hand combat? How is it that all CIA operatives speak every language including Croation and Turkish? Why does no-one ever ask the police to help? Why does the heavy-braking trick always work? Why does putting someone through the windscreen from 70 miles an hour not instantly kill them? At least there is a moment where the estranged daughter angrily points out all the holes in the plot, but this is quickly cut off with a gun battle, which is all the answer she is likely to get.

The Expatriate is set in Brussels and Antwerp, taking us nicely into territory familiar through Salamander and nearby In Bruges. The Expatriate, though, lacks anything distinctively Belgian, apart from the occasional bit of Flemish. It could have been set anywhere -- Paris, Prague, Poznan -- anywhere but the USA, where law and order reign and things are done properly. This is partially redeemed by a touching but slight portrayal of Turkish immigrants, and by not subtitling the foreign language bits.

If you turn the stereo up loud, this is a pumping evening's entertainment, but no more than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serviceable thriller, but it's no Bourne, 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Expatriate [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Going for the same realism-bound feel of the Bourne thrillers, The Expatriate does itself few favours, as it's a nice little thriller in its own right but it can't live up to the comparisons.
When Eckhart's 'consultant' finds out that the security firm he's been working for have vanished from their offices, his alarm bells start ringing. Pretty soon he's discovered that the web of confusion and deceit extends far further than he imagined possible, and he's on the run, reluctantly dragging his teenage daughter with him in an attempt to keep them both alive.
The father-daughter dynamic is fresh and interesting in this type of movie, and the relationship is played well by both actors. The escape plot is also diverse enough to throw in some things we haven't seen often. The villains aren't terribly original, but they do make for a challenging foe, and the climax is satisfying and tense.
Enjoyable and worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know Jason Bourne even HAD a daughter!, 14 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
Oh, no - Jason Bourne has only gone and been set up again. Now he finds himself and his teenage daughter pursued across Europe by one team of hit men after the next. Wait, that can't be right. Oh, yes, I remember - someone else Liam Neeson sort of know has been `taken' and now he and his teenage daughter find them chased by shadowy hitmen as they're chased across Europe.

Okay, maybe not, but that's not too far from the truth. What you have here is a basic Bourne/Taken clone with all the elements you'd expect, i.e. car chases, shootouts, hitmen, rogue CIA agents, government conspiracies and setting up of the innocent. If you feel you can sit through another one of those types of times, then give this one a go. For all its unoriginality, it's not that bad.

The Expatriate plays out exactly how you'd expect it. There are no hidden surprises here. Chase. Escape. Repeat. That's it. Only here you have Aaron Eckhart doing his best to pretend that what he's doing is somehow original and not just a straight-to-DVD rip-off of a more famous franchise.

Nothing bad here, but nothing original. Of course... if you have never seen a Bourne/Taken film, you might love this all the more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MR. LOGAN. YOU HAVE NEVER WORKED FOR THIS COMPANY., 18 May 2013
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This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) works for a security testing company in Belgium. His teen daughter, Amy (Liana Liberato)attends high school. One day when Ben goes to work he finds out his company is missing and never existed.

Being a former CIA agent, Ben investigates. He ends up on the lam battling the CIA, authorities, and a corporation that all want him and his daughter dead. Amy quickly goes from a snarky teen to Internet sleuth.

The film consists of a lot of double agents. The twists are shown to the audience which takes away from any mystery aspect. It is the "Bourne" type of film with one man against the system. This one has the addition of a daughter.

This is a fairly decent film for those who like the "Bourne" type of film, especially if your thirst was not satisfied with that latest 4th "Bourne" installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 23 April 2013
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This review is from: The Expatriate [DVD] (DVD)
As others have stated this is basically, a European thriller about a man whose identity is erased set in a Jason Bourne style of editing, music and action or at a push in terms of style the Liam Neeson film Taken.

Sadly whilst well filmed, with clear editing, a few nice car stunts, gun shoot outs and fights galore, the film runs well out of steam over it's long running time.

The trouble is it really is quite overlong, for a thin plot, full of really dull talky scenes and just comes across as cold or sterile, lacking any real tension or emotion.

Whilst Aeron Eckhart as the lead man on the run is a very good actor, he's really not picked a great film to show his leading man status, and it's clear why this was a straight to DVD type of film.

Worth a watch, but thrillers such as the Bourne series have little to worry about, as this is a pale imitation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, boring with a bad script, 16 July 2014
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I can honestly say that I am glad I paid less than £4 for this on blu ray.
The film is a poor & contrived version of Taken with such a weak script.
Aaron Echkhart, who appears to have made numerous films over the past 5 years or so including the lead in I Frankenstein was wholly unbelievable and appeared to be merely going through the motions in secure another pay cheque.
I cannot find anything to recommend this film other than the price I paid, but that said I wished I had saved the sum of just under £4 and have given an extra star purely due to the price.
Please do not buy this it really is not worth the money
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Expatriate, 6 July 2014
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very good film plenty of action in ,good story line
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