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Dark French crime thriller written and directed by Olivier Marchal. Daniel Auteuil stars as Louis Schneider, a discredited Marseille policeman who has turned to the bottle and been demoted after a furtive fling with a colleague indirectly led to the death of his young daughter. When news arrives that serial killer Charles Subra (Philippe Nahon) is to be released early from prison for good behaviour, Schneider tries to help the daughter of one of Subra's victims in a bid for redemption.
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No matter, it's brilliant drama.
This film was excellent - great acting once again from Auteuil with bags of atmosphere and numerous moments when you clap your hand to your mouth...
To be honest, I would personally give this film five stars but it has to be said that it's a tragedy in the truest sense and therefore not one to reach for when you fancy a lighthearted 'takeaway and popcorn' evening. But if you are in the right mood, it is spellbinding.
Despite being released directly to video-on-demand in the US by the cash-strapped Weinstein Company under the actionably misleading title The Last Deadly Mission, this isn't a vigilante fantasy where good cops are let down by the system but a drama where bad cops fighting each other, secure in the knowledge that the worst will be covered up, is the real problem. In that context the unconvincing opening sequence where Auteuil's drunken cop hijacks a bus to take him home makes at least some sense: with the IAD more interested in covering up to protect the department's image, the system only punishes its own when they try to do the right thing. And it's trying to do the right thing, following a hunch and trying to get his life back on track, that has disastrous consequences here because he's simply no longer up to the job...
Based on a real case which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the French police, this has a real insider's feel for the despair that comes with doing the job too long, making it a harder sell at the box-office despite the odd well-handled moments of violence but also a surprisingly engrossing drama.Read more ›
We have the feminine soul in torment with the young pregnant woman Justine (brilliantly played by Olivia Bonamy). We have the masculine soul in torment with the self-destructing homicide detective Schneider (superbly played by renowned French actor Daniel Auteuil). In this graphic `investigating serial killings' crime thriller, replete with subtle nuances of plot progression, character depth (especially our two tormented souls), chilling acts of torture & murder - all encased in a tightly-woven storyline with the refined hand of a masterful writer/director (Olivier Marchal).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Gritty, gripping and powerful. The French break all records with their detective writing, they did invent Noire after all!Published 23 months ago by Mrs. C. J. Poore
Another very good film showcasing M. Auteuil's talent. Not a moment to be distracted you just have to keep watching to the last frame.Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by Dave B