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Frantic Reviews

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May 12, 2013
Dank meinem Vater, komme ich recht häufig mit halbvergessenen Filmen der 80er Jahre in Berührung. Komödien wie The Money Pit", Krimis wie The Big Easy" oder auch Frantic", ein eher mittelmäßiges Werk im großen Oeuvre des französisch-polnischen Regisseurs Roman Polanski.

Die Opening Credits lesen sich beeindruckend - Harrison Ford in der Titelrolle, ein Score von Ennio Morricone (mit ein wenig zu viel Synthesizern und Pop-Songs meines Erachtens) und Roman Polanski als Produzent, Autor und Regisseur.

Ford spielt einen Chirurgen, der mit seiner Frau in Paris einen Kongress besucht. Um sich noch einen schönen Tag zu machen, reisen sie einen Tag früher an, aber bereits nach kurzem Aufenthalt, verschwindet die Frau aus dem Hotelzimmer und bleibt wie vom Erdboden verschluckt.

In bester Harrison Ford Manier, und als Vorbote für The Fugitive" eine halbe Dekade später, begibt sich Ford auf die Suche durch Paris, stolpert durch Nachtklubs, trifft auf arabische Terroristen, Drogendealer und andere Seltsamkeiten.

Polanski zielt dabei wohl auf den Hitchcock-Effekt, indem er den unbedarften Jedermann" zum großen Suchenden macht, endet den Film aber mit einem Finale, das mehr als zu wünschen übrig lässt. Hätte Hitchcock seiner Zeit, solch plumpe Auflösungen verwendet, wäre er nie zum Master of Suspense geworden.

Hier sieht man ganz deutlich was einen guten Film bzw. einen guten Regisseur von einem Meisterwerk unterscheidet.

Abgesehen vom enttäuschenden Ende, das dem Spannungsaufbau nicht gerecht wird, ist auch der ganze Stil des Films recht gewöhnungsbedürftig. Über weite Strecken sehr komplex (recht starke französische Akzente, die wichtige Plot Points erklären sind da auch eher hinderlich), typisch 80er Jahre psychedelisch und teilweise von ähnlich undurchschaubarer Symbolik geprägt wie das verhasste The Ninth Gate".

Der verwirrte Mann im Großstadtdschungel, mit guten Ansätzen, aber schlussendlich nicht wirklich überzeugend. Ein Nebenwerk von Polanski, spannend und unterhaltsam, aber kein Muss für Nicht-Polanski-Freaks.
½ April 29, 2013
Frantic is a slow moving but enjoyable suspense film from director Roman Polanski. Harrison Ford stars and Emmanuelle Seigner lends a fantastic hand making Frantic a well acted albeit a touch slow for the suspense genre. Frantic isn't one of Polanski's better efforts (mostly due to the fact that it lacks his surrealist touches) but is saved by the appealing nature of Seingner and Ford.
April 19, 2013
While not as good as many of Polanski's other films, Frantic is an entertaining film in the vein of Hitchcock's Man Who Knew Too Much.
March 15, 2013
A heart surgeon on a visit to Paris finds himself caught in an intrigue which involves gangsters, drugs and murder after his wife disappears. Polanski, in this Hitchcockian formula, makes quite an intense, suspenseful and focused film, very intriguing from start to finish. Ford, cast in a more vulnerable part than usual, fits the part very well.
March 10, 2013
Liked it alot:)...Oui Oui
March 2, 2013
Un Polanski a lo Hitchcock.
½ February 12, 2013
Rollocks along, not normal Polanski, but good all the same
January 31, 2013
Dr. Richard Walker's wife vanishes without a trace from their Parisian hotel room, and the authorities are helpless to find her. Has his wife run off with a mysterious person from her past, or has she become the unwitting pawn in an international smuggling ring? It will take the help of a young Parisian prostitute to find out the truth. Roman Polanski returns with another top-rate thriller in FRANTIC! While "frantic" would never be used to describe the relative pacing of the film, it certainly fits Harrison Ford's electrifying performance. The unassuming Dr. Walker sees sudden breaks in his calm exterior when he is faced with bureaucratic red tape and incompetent police work. Each new clue only seems to drive Dr. Walker farther from the truth, until he finally gathers enough information to confront his wife's kidnapper. FRANTIC is cleverly written and beautifully set in the bustling streets of Paris, but if one thing can be counted against it, it is the seemingly spontaneous unraveling of the plot. The final reveal, then, becomes so random as to render much of its build useless. It is saved by Polanski's tasteful European style and the playful relationship that exists between Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner in her international film debut. Despite its flaws, FRANTIC stacks up against many of Hitchcock's lesser films, and offers more than its fair share of mystery and suspense.
½ January 6, 2013
Slow to start but if you can survive the first ten minutes it turns out to be a enjoyable watch.
December 11, 2012
Harrison Ford is awesome. Good movie.
November 24, 2012
What a movie ! Another classic from the legend. Should have had lot more accolade !
Another Brilliant performance by Ford.
November 18, 2012
I'd like to see this again one day.
October 18, 2012
Not suspenseful and quite boring. Watch Breakdown or The Vanishing instead.
½ October 16, 2012
This movie was a good example of not expecting much when I put the dvd in and being suprised how much I actually liked it. Harrisons wife disappears in another country, and you feel the anxiety as he tries to solve the mystery
September 26, 2012
Polanski Light. A serviceable thriller with a radiant performance from Seigneur (Polanski's wife). Straight-forward story and great fish-out-of-water humor done well by Ford.
September 13, 2012
Slow paced, thrilling, and magnetic all at the same time. Harrison Ford never ceases to amaze in this Polanski work, with the help of Emmanuelle Seigner playing her role with excellence.
½ September 10, 2012
Boring to death! The plot keeps moving in circles, moving up and down till it comes up to nothing in the end.
½ September 4, 2012
Harrison Ford can do no wrong :)
August 26, 2012
I expected to dislike this, but it's pretty good. The pacing is just right, and the set-up of the mystery is really nice. The pay-off obviously isn't very good, but it almost never is. I'd also heard Ford was catatonic, but even he's pretty decent. I would have liked to see another actor in the role, but it works as it is. Although Morricone's score is god-awful.
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