De Zaak Alzheimer (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

De Zaak Alzheimer (2005)



Critic Consensus: Even though The Memory of a Killer is standard genre fare, it is also engaging and stylish.

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A career criminal struggles to perform an act of street justice as he loses control of his faculties in this thriller from Belgium. Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir) is a veteran hitman who has spent most of his life as a hired killer. Angelo decides to get out of the business when he finds he's losing his memory due to the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, but he's been offered a lucrative final assignment that involves murdering two people. Angelo initially says yes to the job, until he finds out one of his targets will be a 13-year-old girl; it goes against Angelo's principles to kill a child, and he decides not to take the assignment. However, Angelo quickly discovers his customers found someone with no such scruples; angry, he seeks vengeance against the man who would kill a young girl, and as he shoots his way through the chain of command that led to the murder, he makes the troubling discovery that the crime is tied to a cadre of powerful figures in business and politics. As Angelo struggles against his failing memory to find out who had final responsibility for the hit and why they ordered it, a pair of police detectives, Vincke (Koen de Bouw) and Verstuyft (Jan Decleir), is trying to find the link between the murders of a growing number of prominent citizens. The Memory of a Killer as initially screened in Belgium as De Zaak Alzheimer, or The Alzheimer Case.more
Rating: R (for violence, sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Joos, Jef Geeraerts, Carl Loos, Erik Van Looy
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On DVD: Feb 21, 2006
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Koen De Bouw
as Eric Vincke
Jan Decleir
as Angelo Ledda
Werner De Smedt
as Freddy Verstuyft
Jo De Meyere
as Baron Henri Gustave ...
Hilde De Baerdemaeke...
as Linda De Leenheer
Tom Van Dyck
as Jean de Haeck
Lucas van den Eynde
as Bob Van Camp
Lone van Roosendaal
as Henriette Seynaeve
Vic de Wachter
as Joseph Vlerick
Jappe Claes
as Prosecutor Bracke
Filip Peeters
as Major De Keyzer
Els Dottermans
as Eva Van Camp
Anais Terryn
as Ine Van Camp
Patrick Descamps
as Gilles Resnais
Bart Slegers
as Lemmens
Marc Peeters
as Opdebeeck
Tom Waes
as Verheyen
Eddy Vereycken
as Dr. Abbeloos
Dirk Roofthooft
as Vader Cuypers
Ludo Hoogmartens
as Businessman
Roland DeJonghe
as Ledda, Paolo
Jan VanLooveren
as Police Motor-Cyclist
Kristin Arras
as Housekeeper
Marc Janssen
as Chaplain
Miek VanBocxstaele
as Receptionist
Jan Dyck
as Taxi Driver
Babett Manalo
as Masseuse
Gene Bervoets
as Seynaeve
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Critic Reviews for De Zaak Alzheimer

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (29)

It is distinguished by the intelligence of its plotting and the fullness of its characterizations: These are believable people, not merely plot fodder.

Full Review… | December 24, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it.

September 29, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Close, but not quite.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Though Memory works perfectly well as a policier, it works even better as a character study of a man losing his edge.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The film won't put you at the edge of your seat, but will keep your attention.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This Belgian film has the sheen of polished Hollywood product, amplified by continental elegance and depth.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for De Zaak Alzheimer


A watchable thriller, but does feel like a drag at times. It'd have been better if they'd concentrated more on substance than style. 6.5/10.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

An interesting premise, and quite suspenseful for the first half. Sadly, this becomes less about Decleir's struggle with Alzheimer's, and more mundane to the point of evaporating into nothingness. I give it three stars for a great first half.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


A very neat story that just goes on a bit too long, I hear they have plans for an american remake, so I am interested. Good work between the hitman and the cop, and some very cool scenes, if only it could come together a little better.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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