Adventure thriller based on the bestselling Belgian comic book series by Jean Van Hamme and Philippe Francq. When billionaire businessman Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic) is found dead, it is at first unclear who will inherit his vast financial empire. But Nerio had a secret he kept well hidden: an adoptive son. Adventurer, assassin and international playboy Largo (Tomer Sisley) was adopted from a Bosnian orphanage 30 years ago, and has now just been thrown into prison in the Amazonian jungle on trumped-up drug trafficking charges. Largo must now fight to prove his legitimacy, find his father's killers and put a halt to their evil plot to take control of the financial empire that is rightfully his.
The DVD unfortunately has no extras except for a trailer. Transfer (in 2:35) is very good. There are no subtitles for the English-speaking parts, but there are English subtitles whenever the language spoken is not English.
The film is excellent. Sadly a bit unknown, probably because of its French/international personality, but it's certainly better than the James Bond films of the last 40-ish years. It's very entertaining, and a very good adventure thriller in its own right: the plot and script are very tight, the direction is excellent (with the tension actually depending on direction rather than Bourne-ish shaky cams, and with great emphasis on location), and the pacing is very even and decently built. Finally: Alexandre Desplat's score really is the icing on the cake. Certainly in the top three of action scores in the decade. Highly recommended film, certainly for this ridiculously low price!
Largo Winch is one of those big glossy disposable action films that France regularly turns out to prove that they can do that sort of thing as well as Hollywood. Based on a hugely popular series of Belgian novels and later comic books and clearly intended as a jetsetting James Bond-like franchise, Anthony Zimmer director Jerome Salle's film kicks off with Miki Manojlovic's billionaire murdered on his yacht, throwing the fifth largest conglomerate into the world into panic until it emerges that he had a secret adopted son (Tomer Sisley) to whom he's left 65% of the shares. Of course, what with a hostile takeover bid from a shady Russian gunrunner (who helpfully introduces himself with "I'm the story's bad guy"), a traitor in the company's ranks and the odd attempt on his life, this is more interested in chases in exotic locations from Hong Kong and South America to not-so-exotic Croatia than boardroom manipulations. As such it's a slick, enjoyable and forgettable package with no surprises - it doesn't take much to anticipate each plot development before it happens - but which provides undemanding entertainment if that's what you're looking for. Like Group W, the film's something of a multi-national itself, shifting from French to English to Croatian to Spanish as the locations demand, with the cast a similar mixture of French (Gilbert Melki, Melanie Thierry, Anne Consigny), British (Kristen Scott-Thomas, Steve Waddington, Benedict Wong) and East Europeans (Karl Roden, Radivoje Bukvic), but it manages to avoid the usual indigestible Euro-Pudding feel by virtue of its relentlessly globetrotting plot. A sequel's already in the works, co-starring Sharon Stone in an effort to get the theatrical release in the English-speaking territories that this didn't manage.
The only extra is a trailer but the disc has a decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.
A highly stylised plot driven affair with an engaging lead and sumptuous locations elevate this beyond some of its lackluster Hollywood contemporaries. An unusually snappy script (for a French movie) drives the action forward and there are plenty of chases and fisticuffs on offer. Tom Siserly excels as the self exiled adopted son of a business tycoon who sets about uncovering the murderous plot and hostile take over of the Winch Corporation. Contrary to the DVD cover shown (which is the one I have) this film doesn't feature apache attack helicopters.
Before going into this movie, I had no knowledge of the Largo Winch character having never read the comics or played the videogames. Turns out, Largo Winch is not only a fun espionage/action movie, but it's also one that puts a bit of time into the character development of Largo, played by French comedian Tomer Sisley. Whilst the story itself, one of murder and corporate espionage, isn't the most original, the film has been made to a high standard with some exciting and well shot set pieces, a good cast (Kristen Scott Thomas excels as villain Ann) and some interesting plot twists. Writing could've been to a higher standard, but overall, this is above average for the genre. Largo Winch is no James Bond, but I'm definately wanting to check out this years sequel with Sharon Stone and see where the character, and the story, goes. 3.5/5
When a billionaire tycoon is murdered his secretly adopted son has to prove he’s the true heir to the business empire, while fighting off an aggressive takeover attempt. It’s an easy film to engage with for several reasons: firstly, it’s not a completely dead by-the-numbers affair – the story is interesting and is split between the eponymous Largo discovering his roots, and getting tangled up in action-based situations. Secondly; it looks great – sometimes even Besson–esque. Thirdly; it’s full of familiar spy/espionage aspects like frenetic action and chase scenes, global locations, femme fatales and everything else you’d expect from a James Bond type film – minus the budget. Think Bruce Wayne in an indie Bourne film and you’re almost there.
LW also aims high with blatant global aspirations: it’s primarily English and French, with a strong ‘World’ Cast, and worldwide locations (Brazil, Hong Kong, Baltic States). There’s something for everyone in here: action, politics, drama, family, business, espionage, rumpy pumpy – but the only real problem is that large parts of backgrounding made it feel more like an ‘origins’ story, setting up a larger franchise.
Having not heard of it, and with a wildly international scope and graphic novel roots, I was expecting a total euro-pudding; but with a charismatic lead, interesting story, and solid action Largo Winch is a fun, albeit lightweight, film.
This higly explosive and entertaining thriller is based upon the hugely successful comic book series and novels by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme. Great action cinema with great actors (among which the talented Kristin Scott Thomas!)... in the same league as Bourne, Bond and Co. Second cinema adaptation of Largo Winch with Tomer Sisley in the lead role hits European movie theatres in February 2011!!!