Chrysalis (2007) (2007)
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as David Hoffman
as Marie Becker
as Professor Brügen
as Dimitri Nicolov
as Charles Becker
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A Paris cop encounters a series of victims with the same strange markings around their eyes and tracks his suspect to a hi-tec trauma hospital. Chrysalis features a premise built around memory manipulation, very much in the same vein as Total Recall and has the same blend of washed out cinematography and near future technology as Minority Report. Throw in some bone crunching fist fights and a couple of shoot outs and you have a French tech noir executed with some visual panache but little in the way of original ideas. What there is of it is efficiently done but the plot is a little too flimsy and the twist in the tale glaringly obvious, making the conclusion fail to live up to the promise of its early scenes. It's certainly not a bad film by any means, but the extremely similar Minority Report is so much better.
This is one of those movies that will catch you by surprise, I for one think the best way to watch any movie is in the actors native language, with subtitles on. Such is the case with this movie. French is the language. I started watching the movie in the English Dub's with Subtitles on and the voices were just so stupid, so I started again watching in French with English subtitles and it was just so much better. Those who watched it in the English Version and gave it a low score, might try to rewatch it in the French Version, you might find it more enjoyable. Chrysalis is a sci-fi thriller from debuting director Julien Leclercq. I myself would call it a futuristic Police Action Adventure. The story plot is a French Detective?s partner / lover is killed by a Bulgarian black-marketer. He picks up a new partner and at the same time a top surgeon Professor's daughter is injured bad in a car crash and she is preoccupied with physically and mentally reconstructing her daughter Manon who is played by Mélanie Thierry (Very beautiful). Both these stories tie in with each other. This is a 4 1/2 star movie. And for a director whose first movie was this good, I can only stand in line waiting for the next one.
Gorgeous set design and cinematography offset some predictable narrative elements in this French sci-fi noir outing. Worth a look.
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