Critic Reviews for Papillon
There's no real voice in the storytelling, nothing distinctive about the imagery, if it's not a doubling up on the violence and gore, and the result doesn't remotely resonate in the same way.
What matters most is that the principally unchanged story of survival in colonial French Guiana remains a compelling one ...
Arguments remain as to whether this survival story needed a retelling, but there is a case to be made for Noer's take being less bloated and more true to Charrière's book.
While still heavily mirroring the other film's story beats, Danish director Michael Noer establishes his own rhythm. It's one of constant action and near-cartoonish brutality.
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