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Papillon (2018)



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Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books "Papillon" and "Banco", PAPILLON follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.


Charlie Hunnam
as Henri Charriere
Rami Malek
as Louis Dega

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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.

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

What matters most is that the principally unchanged story of survival in colonial French Guiana remains a compelling one ...

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

June 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perfecting casting with phenomenal performances.

November 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

September 13, 2017

Hunnam and Malek both hold up their end of the deal. Noer, for his part, meets them halfway ...

September 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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