“I owe this guy from 3 years ago. I took my kid to the hospital, all bruised up. F*ckers thought I’d beat up on him. This guy tells the cops it wasn’t me, my kid’s a hemophiliac. As long as he needs us, we’re there, okay? ” – Bruno
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Eight years after his wife is murdered while vacationing at a secluded cabin, a doctor trying to get his life back on track gets a message saying that she might still be alive.
My Take on it – As most of you know, I’m usually not the biggest fan of foreign language films, but since I’m trying to expand my knowledge of film sin that genre, I decided to check this film out.
This is surprisingly a foreign language film based on a novel written in English by Harlan Coben and is done really well.
The plot is constantly in motion and things are constantly happening that helps keep the story quite thrilling the whole time.
The choice to allow us to know all that the main character knows without knowledge of anything else works quite well because we find out the clues just as he does.
We can easily see the main characters grief and love for his wife which adds even more dimension to it all.
The fact that the story veers into directions that one would never expect helps keep things really enjoyable.
This film starts off seeming like a typical procedural murder/mystery but quickly become something quite unique which gets even more enjoyable as things move forward and we gain more knowledge of the events that occurred.
Bottom Line – Really enjoyable thriller that keeps things moving the entire time. The fact that we only know what the main character knows helps raise the suspense of it all as things move in directions one never can expect along the way. Starts off as a typical murder/mystery film and gets better and better as we learn more and more about what is really going on. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally, author Harlan Coben had optioned off his novel to Hollywood, with director Michael Apted attached. During this time, director Guillaume Canet, who had loved the novel, had been calling up Coben with his take on the novel. Coben was immediately impressed with Canet’s passion for the story, and his vision, stating that Canet understood that the novel was a love story first, and a thriller second, which Hollywood never got. When the option with Hollywood fell through, Coben contacted Canet and decided to give him a chance. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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