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Fresh and invigorating take on the thriller genre.,
This review is from: Tell No-One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) [DVD] (DVD)
Tell No One really is quite an anomaly: a best-selling American thriller is converted into a film by a French director. While this may send some screaming away from the TV at just the thought of such a thing, it really shouldn't because this is a first-rate adaptation of the source material, a pulsating thriller that used the be a calling-card of Hollywood but that no longer seem to emerge from the US.
In terms of story, Tell No One boasts an intriguing premise: a man and his wife are brutally attacked while on picnic at a lake side. He emerges from a coma to find that his wife has been murdered and the killer apprehended. Eight years later, however, he receives anonymous emails that contain video footage of a woman who bears an extraordinary resemblance to his dead wife. From there, Canet, the director best know from his role in The Beach, crafts an energetic and tense thriller that flies along until its mildly disappointing finale that detracts somewhat from the quality that's gone before it.
Cluzet is excellent as Alex Beck, the husband of the dead wife. He perfectly encapsulates the overwhelmed and desperate mental condition of Alex, kept going by the hope that his wife might still be alive. Unlike most characters in thrillers, Beck is very much an everyman, and his attempts to find his wife, as the tightly wound plot closes in on him, is wonderfully judged by Cluzet.
Harlon Coben's original book is one in a long line ofhis books that has been begging to be converted into film form, but Tell No One is a fine attempt, despite the wait. If it ends on too a sentimental note then the rest of the film doesn't disappoint in its unrelentless excitement and complex plot. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2007 01:25:49 GMT
I found the film stilted and the acting wooden, but all the same strangely engrossing. It wouldn't be a film I would want to watch again though.
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