Tag Archives: Vincent Cassel

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44

Jason Bourne

YOU KNOW HIS NAME. When the CIA realizes that a former technician of theirs, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), intends to expose a top-secret file and has made contact with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), the hunt is on once again. It took nine years for Damon and Paul Greengrass to reunite for a third sequel to … Continue reading Jason Bourne

My King

Attorney “Tony” Jézéquel (Emmanuelle Bercot) meets and falls in love with a charming entrepreneur (Vincent Cassel), but after the honeymoon phase their lives together are anything but stable. Director Maïwenn depicts a romantic relationship from the beginning, through its tumultuous journey where secrets are revealed, crises are handled and a child enters the picture, to … Continue reading My King

A Dangerous Method

BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF JUNG, FREUD AND THE PATIENT WHO CAME BETWEEN THEM.  In the early 1900s, doctor Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a hysterical patient (Keira Knightley) and seeks advice from the influential Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Christopher Hampton, the man who gave us “Dangerous Liaisons”, dives back into the darker … Continue reading A Dangerous Method

Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

The Wrestler (2008) portrayed an man who suffered for his art; as a professional wrestler he had to torture his body in order to give the audience what it craved. Director Darren Aronofsky considers Black Swan to be a companion piece. The film shares similar themes with The Wrestler, but its main focus doesn’t lie on the painful physical … Continue reading Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

The Crimson Rivers

EVIL RISES TO NEW HEIGHTS. Cops Pierre Niemans and Max Kerkerian (Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel) join forces on two cases that initially seem unrelated; a murder victim is found in a mountain valley and a young girl’s grave is desecrated nearby. The Hate (1995) director delivers a visually very handsome thriller with ingredients that will remind … Continue reading The Crimson Rivers

Eastern Promises

EVERY SIN LEAVES A MARK. Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts helps deliver a 14-year-old Russian girl’s baby, but the girl dies; looking to find out who she was, Anna enlists the help of Russian acquaintances without realizing that they are responsible for the girl’s death. David Cronenberg returns to organized crime (a subject in A History … Continue reading Eastern Promises

Elizabeth: The Golden Cage

DECLARED ILLEGITIMATE AGED 3. TRIED FOR TREASON AGED 21. CROWNED QUEEN AGED 25. The opening credits are thunderous and intimidating, suggesting that this is perhaps a horror movie. They are followed by a grisly sequence where people are burned at the stake. However, what appears is a film that is quite obviously and cleverly inspired … Continue reading Elizabeth: The Golden Cage

Derailed

THEY NEVER SAW IT COMING.  Charles Schine (Clive Owen) has a chance encounter with Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston) on a Chicago train that leads to an affair, little realizing that a French psychopath (Vincent Cassel) will change their lives forever. Director Mikael Håfström’s international debut has a strong cast (Owen and Aniston are very good) … Continue reading Derailed

Shrek: Green Is Beautiful

THE GREATEST FAIRY TALE NEVER TOLD. There’s a new ogre in town and he’s not making Disney happy. Just imagine taking beloved fairy-tale characters like Pinocchio and Cinderella, stars in their own right, and reducing them to insignificant (and somewhat annoying) supporting parts in an all-new fairy tale. And those who are doing it are … Continue reading Shrek: Green Is Beautiful