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Owen was my choice to play James Bond before Daniel Craig was chosen.
Heís still my choice, even though heís getting a little long in the
However, here heís a guy on the other side of the spectrum. He plays
Chris, an ex-con just released from jail. His brother, Frank (Billy
Crudup), provides a place for him to live with family, even though they
apparently hate one another. Even though Frank is a good person and
Chris is a pimp and all around bad guy, Chris is the favorite of their
father, Leon (James Caan).
(with James Gray)- director
Guillaume Canet (best known in America for
his brilliant 2006 French production of Harlan Cobenís bestselling novel
Tell No One) chose to remake Les Liens Du San (2008, in
which Canet played the lead), as his first English language film. Canet
fills the screen with wonderful performances by a terrific cast,
including Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Monica, a prostitute
and Chrisís former wife, Zoe Saldana as Vanessa, after whom Frank
yearns, Matthias Schoenaerts as Scarfo, Vanessaís husband who is in
prison, and Mila Kunis as Natalie, Chrisís girlfriend. The performances
of all are so good that to single one out over the others would be
though the film is more than two hours long and has a lot of talk, Canet
keeps the pace and tension on such a level that the length isnít a
problem. Despite the fact that the film is unremittingly depressing, I
never had the inclination to leave. Compensating for the gloomy story is
the outstanding acting. There isnít a weak performance in the entire
Consistent with the high quality of this film, there is a car chase at
the end that is probably one of the more realistic filmed in the past
several decades. Itís not on the level of Bullitt (1968) or
The French Connection (1971), but itís much more believable,
especially when compared to all the ridiculous impersonators we have
been forced to endure since those two classics appeared.
is one thing that detracts from the movie. While it is a violent film,
both emotionally and physically, and while violence is properly shown,
what is reprehensible is that the effects of violence are ignored. One
scene that was particularly jarring occurs when Chris, in a fit of
anger, butts his head against a steel door frame, not once, but several
times, and very hard. It just so happens that my guest at the film was a
woman who was recovering from a subdural hematoma (the same thing that
killed actress Natasha Richardson). These are caused by blows to the
head and, if not treated immediately, can be fatal. My friendís was
caused by bumping her head as she entered her car, a blow much less
violent than what Chris does. She ignored it until her headaches became
too severe to ignore. While it cleared up by itself without surgery, her
doctor told her she was lucky because only 25% get that kind of result.
She found this scene to be upsetting and so did I. What is shameful is
that Canet shows this kind of damage to the head with virtually no
consequences save a little blood dripping down Chrisís face. Itís this
kind of violence in film with no consequence that is irresponsible, and
harmful by the impression it leaves on easily influenced viewers.
Filmmakers should have a duty to show that there are consequences to
violence. Sure, people are shown dying when they get shot (some of the
cold-blooded killings are shocking in their suddenness and lack of
emotion), but there are vicious beatings in this movie and, except for
showing the victims bleeding, they still get up to live another day
without any effects.
than that, this is an exceptionally well-made film.