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3.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Auteuil is Fantastic, 2 May 2010
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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Initial post: 7 Jul 2010 22:05:46 BDT
Can Daniel Auteuil, make a bad film. This film was as stated violent and graphic, and if made in the USA would have not been half as good, but with Auteil he managed to bring it all together, true the end was strange and a little too fast, but the rest was brilliant. Thank you Mr Auteuil

Husband of an Auteuil devoted fan.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2010 14:42:29 BDT
Mitun says:
I'm also an Auteuil fan, however would like to say that any actor, whether they are good, bad or Auteuil, can make a bad film.

Coming to this movie, it wasn't bad, just okay mainly due to Auteuil's somewhat salvaging performance. Without him in the movie, it would've been below average.

I was disappointed because I was expecting another classic after Auteuil and Marchal's last cracking outing ('36 Quai des Orfèvres'). Auteuil did his best but the movies screenplay didn't do justice to his performance.

Thanks for the comment.

Just an Auteuil fan.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2011 20:48:21 BDT
Ian Thumwood says:
R. Mackett

Interested to read your comment as I find Auteuil to be a great actor who seems to appear in some pretty indifferent films. Everything I've seen in him ("Cache", "36", the comedy with the suicidal pal, etc) have been mediocre but redeemed by this actor - albeit Juliette Binoche nearly matches him in the truly wierd "Cache."

However, I would point out that he also appeared in the truly rank awful remake of "Second Wind" where he shares the lead amonsgt such luminaries as Eric Cantona. This film seems to be shot in either red, green or black and left my eyes aching after sitting through it. A definite example of style over substance but definately not worth checking out.

Incidentally, I feel the same about Romain Duris who is generally excellent in everything I've seen including such fluff as "Paris." However, "The beat that my heart skipped" is absolutely brilliant and features one of the best lead perfomances I've seen. I think he is only matched by Vincent Cassel.



In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2011 14:32:59 BDT
When he's great, he's great. But my favourites are Le Bossu, Ma vie est un enfer, La Reine Margot and as Galinette in Jean de Florette/Manon- oh dear are these chick flicks? 36 was good.

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 23:27:53 BDT
Mark Pearce says:
Mr 73 is pretty dreadful because of Auteuil.This fine actor is definitely outside his comfort zone and just about copes in 36 -Olivier Marchal's other and better film.
As to Auteuil in his prime Jean and Manon,the brilliant but hardly weird Cache(aka Hidden)but best of all in Un Coeur En Hiver a perfect example of minimalist acting exacting maximum impact.
Another correspondent mentions The Beat.... and Romain Duris.Passable but pallid when set against the actor(Harvey Keitel)and the film it is a remake of(James Toback's Fingers).
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