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Newton has star quality, but this exercise in style can't hold a candle to the original. Read critic reviews

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Regina (Thandie Newton) meets charming Joshua (Mark Wahlberg) while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her whirlwind marriage to enigmatic Charlie (Stephen Dillane). Then upon her return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have been emptied, and her husband has been murdered. The more Reggie learns, the more she realizes the scope of the puzzle, which she must solve to protect herself from ever-increasing danger.

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Mark Wahlberg
Joshua Peters
Thandie Newton
Regina Lambert
Tim Robbins
Mr. Bartholomew
Ted Levine
Emil Zadapec
Christine Boisson
Commandant Dominique
Simon Abkarian
Lieutenant Dessalines
Frédérique Meininger
Madame du Lac
Peter Stone
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Jonathan Demme
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Steve Schmidt
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Ilona Herzberg
Executive Producer
Tak Fujimoto
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  • Apr 10, 2013
    Very cool film that doesn't quite approach the level of Matt Damon in the Bourne series but is nonetheless tremendously entertaining with many delightful and unexpected cameos.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2011
    Tak Fujimoto and Jonathan Demme have shot this a lot hipper than anyone half their age could. Thandie Newton is great & funny, magically cute at few moments, and beautiful the rest of the time. She would make a fine, and definitely sexier, replacement for Audrey Hepburn in several films. The writers seem to have assumed that since no one can compete with Cary Grant, Mark Wahlberg shouldn't have good lines to work with. The homages to the French New Wave are clever and prettily situated, but they dispel the suspense atmosphere, and -- for me -- make the movie look like it's catering to anglophone snobs who can't stand a mere thriller. And Demme doesn't want to do a mere thriller that's hipper and more involving than usual. He casts the bad guys as an ethnic rainbow, and it turns out none of them are really bad, just misunderstood and misunderstanding other people. (Scary hook-hand guy from the original is now just a big lunk who requires electroacupuncture so he doesn't expire from cardiopulmonary stress -- I'm serious.) Each of the bad guys even hates violence; the only one comfortable with it is a betrayed 50s straight-arrow military type that was too unhip to be in the original Charade. Demme's kind of liberalism seems to aspire not only to banish all sense of menace from society, but also from its movie genres. (Star rating for Tak Fujimoto and Thandie Newton.)
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2010
    Have you ever watched a movie and thought that you've seen it already. That happened to me with this movie. It was as interesting the second time as the first. The only thing I could remember from the first time to the second was that stamps were involved. The movie is a whodunit, except from the point of view of a new wife who returns from a vacation and finds her husband has been murdered. It takes the whole movie for her and the viewers to find out about the husband's prior life and who killed him and why.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2009
    Loved the audio and visual styles. Somewhat blah ending though.
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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