Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)
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Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.
It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.
It winds its way through a tricky, fact-based plot that's sometimes reminiscent of film noir. At the center is a bewitching femme fatale whose allegiances and motives are less than clear.
While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.
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The astonishing Mads Mikkelsen and the brilliant Thure Lindhart join forces as Danish assassins targeting Nazis. The famous duo are handed orders and become expertly proficient at executing their orders. The script makes sure to enter real character struggles as each murder does weigh on their minds. The violence is handled with a shocking honesty that never feels acceptable, even if the victims are Nazis. The film takes a seriously dramatic and conflicting turn when we dicover that perhaps those giving the orders weren't exactly innocent and perhaps some of the targets weren't as bad as we had thought. It leads us to a number of brilliant shoot-outs which are handled in a way that is never obvious nor sentimental.
True stories seem to pack a little more umph.
Well....all in all I thought that this movie was really good. Strong acting. Strong production. Strong true story. BUT, in between the action parts it really kind of dragged. Plus, I think they could have shaved off maybe 30 min or so. That being said, this is one of my favorite subjects, and this movie really did try hard to tell an excellent story. Word of advice: Dont watch this and Benjamin Button in the same day. Both really good movies, but you may have to take a nap in between the two.
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