Movies that are slightly off.
Tell No One
Eight years ago Alex's wife was murdered. Today she emailed him.
A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.
Apparently this was going to be a Hollywood film first, but director Canet convinced the author of the novel it is based on that he should direct it. Thank God he did, I fear we would otherwise have missed out on one of the best thrillers of the last ten years.
This film is perfectly scripted and fantastically acted. It starts with a familiar conceit, but by slowly feeding you pieces of an intricate puzzle it manages to keep your interests peeked and your curiosity satisfied. The characters are fleshed out really well and they feel real and that helps lift this thriller, which at its heart feels more like a love story, with its head and shoulders firmly above its peers.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There is a point in Tell No-One, about half an hour from the end, where you realise pretty quickly that this isn't going to end well. And by that, I don't necessarily mean for the lead character - I mean the film itself.
In this day and age, any film that ends with the unmasked villain sitting and confessing his sins and why he has done what he has is almost unforgivable in my eyes. In this case, the chap in question might as well have just come out and said, "And I've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that pesky François Cluzet!" Except in French, obviously.
But it's a sign of how well this film progresses…
Guillaume Canet is fantastic. The utterly sensational Les petits mouchoirs was my first experience with the director and this film did not disappoint. It's one of the best thrillers of the decade.
Visually, the film is immensely beautiful. Every moment feels alive and unpredictable. The story unravels slowly and carefully, full of tension of subtle emotion.
Kristin Scott Thomas graces the film with her divine presence and François Cluzet is wonderful. The entire cast works beautifully.
One has to appreciate a good thriller that knows how to be patient and flesh out the set up in order to string the audience along the entire time. It's almost akin to a successful heist where the filmmakers have kidnapped the audience's intrigued. Which going with that metaphor it is one thing when they have obtained your intrigue but it is totally different on what to do with it now and how to keep hold of it. Tell No One for the majority of the time seems to know what to do.
While I say majority, the one aspect that is holding me back is a popular complaint regarding this film that its ending is much too convenient compared…
Perfectly contructed story, you stay puzzled until the end.
Also a beautiful story AND it has some good action scenes.
What else do you want? ;)
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"A paediatrician was the prime suspect when his wife was murdered some years previously. Two more bodies have just been discovered, the police are again interested in him and then he receives an email from his dead wife...
The first time I saw this (July '08) I found it much too complicated to make a satisfying film; although I didn't remember most of what had happened, this time I found that the layers of truth and untruth, the twists and turns made a great film."
A thriller. Alexandre and Margot Beck are attacked, she is killed, he is left in a coma. Several years later two bodies are found buried in the forest where the attack had taken place: the police link the bodies to the previous crime and begin to investigate Beck. Meanwhile, he receives an email with an attachment that seems to show his wife alive... If you like thrillers with lots of twists and turns then you should love this, but there are times when it seems to introduce new complications just to confuse us: who are those two people hacking into Beck’s computer? Everything is explained in the end and it does all make sense, but it means there are a…
I urge anyone who enjoys great suspense told over a generation will love this.
It's something original that Hollywood avoids. Found the film totally captivating from start to end.
A solid film with a great cast.
Walking into the theater as proud as could be with my free screener pass to see Ricky Gervais’ new comedy, Ghost Town, a full 35 minutes early to ensure a good seat, I was quite dismayed to find that the theater was already sold out and they could only fit me in if I agreed to sit on a folding chair in the back of the theater; which I was not. Luckily for me I know this guy who works at the theater and he got me into another movie for the same price = free. I’m so glad the movie I was planning to see was sold out as I’m sure Mr. Gervais and Mr. Kinnear could not’ve held…
I don't usually actually sit on the edge of my seat when watching a thriller but for this one I did.
A twisty-turny French thriller based on a bit of American pulp by Harlan Coben. It's not really the masterpiece that critics claimed, and if it had been an American film, it would probably have been largely dismissed as fairly routine, but it's a slick piece of entertainment, and the fact that it's in French makes everything seem more important than it really is (doesn't everything sound more important when spoken in French?)
The plot is one of those hopelessly convoluted things that my wife and I couldn't reconstruct with any certainty. Someone should tell writers of crime thrillers that they don't need to be ridiculously complicated to be effective. It took us as long to try to piece the plot…
An enjoyable french thriller with good cast, solid acting, strong visuals. It's a character piece, with interesting characters and a decent story.
This is not the sort of suspense story where each passing moment results in a mind-blowing plot shift. You quickly get a sense for the outline of what has happened and then you spend the rest of the film learning a bit more and enjoying the development of the characters and the story.
It's reasonably paced, neither action-packed nor incredibly slow.
I enjoyed it.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very immersive film, which combines with rhythm love, mystery and action.
Its main drawback is the final confession, where to unravel all the mess, they use an outrageously explanatory formula.
Probably the movie cant bear ten smartass questions about its plot, but offers a tense and entertaining ride.
The most surprising thing on this slow burner mystery is why it hasn't been copied yet to american cinema. Although not completely new in terms of content it manages to keep us tied to the screen until the very last 20 minutes. From there the movie kind of drags on and that is the only real problem with it. Still worth a viewing
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