The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres) (2001)
Veteran cop Pierre Niemans is sent to Guernon to investigate a bizarre murder near a legendary private school isolated in the Alps. And it's no ordinary murder; the killer has been very methodical, leaving twisted inexplicable clues to his motive. Complicating matters are the university administrators who are uncooperative and somewhat defiant to Niemans' questioning. Meanwhile Max Kerkerian, an impetuous young cop and former car thief, arrives at a desecrated graveyard 180 miles away. Someone has disturbed the grave of a child who died twenty years before. These two seemingly random events are about to collide as the separate investigations lead the detectives right to one another. The more experienced Niemans begrudgingly joins forces with the brash Max to track down the killer. Despite his ribbing and constant sarcastic banter, Max respects the older cop. The two crimes are assuredly linked--but how? What could the prestigious school possibly have to hide? … More
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)
Could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.
It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks.
By movie's end, you'd swear you were on Hollywood Boulevard, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 11.
The most American French movie ever, it's like a Hollywood blockbuster that accidentally got made by smart people. And it's excellent.
Some actors are just automatically the moral locus of every scene they're in. They're the major movie stars, and Reno is one of those.
It has good tough-cop banter, a couple of satisfying action scenes ... and a load of plot twists you won't see coming.
Un interesante thriller sangriento que muestra que el género no está muerto, y que los franceses saben hacerlo increíblemente bien.
A film more likely to make scratch your head than bite your nails all the way home.
I cherish the rush I got, and I can only laugh at all the problems I came up with when I thought the movie through.
The film has a finely tuned drive, an intriguing build in its plot, and a unique style that balances atmosphere and absurdity.
Director Matthieu Kassovitz ratchets up the tension and never lets go as he tells separate stories of two police detectives whose investigations eventually overlap.
"The Crimson Rivers" is being marketed as "Seven" meets "The Silence of the Lambs," but plays like "The Boys From Brazil" meets "Cliffhanger."
Kassovitz keeps the proceedings spooky enough to hold your attention and grisly enough to turn your stomach.
Audience Reviews for The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)
3 and 3/4's. Pretty good. I'm not really on board with alot of French films, but this was rather enjoyabe. EXCEPT...they threw in some strange fight scene, with an even stranger video game sound effect voice over. MINUS half a point for that lame move....otherwise, pretty decent movie.More
It's the Silence of the Lambs meets Seven. A first-rate edge of your seat thriller. Spine-tingling, heart-racing and nerve-frying. Chilling and unforgettable. A breathtaking thrill-ride. Tension and suspense in unbearable doses that will blow you away all the way to the explosive finish. You wont know what hit you right until the very end. It's intense, stylish and outstanding. Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno are sensational. They are an impressive combination. A terrific and brilliantly original thriller. An unstoppable adrenaline-rush that has the suspense and action to back it up.More
Interesting, kinda grisly drama about two detectives solving two seemingly unrelated cases in France. Jean Reno and vincent Cassell are two great actors, so that's what drew me into this film. Has a good pace and, although I got a little bit lost I quickly caught up and really enjoyed the ending. Worth watching at least.More
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