Documentary portrait of the winter 2013/14 Ukrainian demonstrations in Kiev against the pro-Moscow presidency of Viktor Yanukovych and for a greater integration with Europe.
A hitman and a young woman, both scarred by past events and obsessed with revenge, meet and fall in love.
Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev's first Hollywood feature re-unites him with Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Revenge thriller mechanics and off-kilter art-house romance make for uneasy bedfellows, as do Rapace's reclusive, facially-scarred Beatrice and Colin Farrell's solitary, socially-awkward criminal. Beatrice lives with her solicitous mother, Valentine (Isabelle Huppert), in the apartment across the street from Victor's, and it is from her balcony that she sees him strangle a man to death. On their tense first date, Beatrice tries to blackmail Victor into killing the drunk driver who crashed into her car and destroyed her life. But Victor too is consumed with revenge, and the dead goon later turns up in the freezer at his gangster boss Alphonse's mansion – the latest cryptic message in a calculated, paranoia-inducing campaign. It's an intriguing and emotionally powerful set-up, especially when we later learn the brutal history behind Victor's patient, obsessive desire for vengeance.
Yet for all the confidence displayed in the first third of J H Wyman's script, it suffers from the same lack of structure and staying power as his last produced movie, The Mexican (2001), which starred Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Despite Oplev's meticulous attention to the intricate details of the film's serpentine plot, it is as sluggish as an anaconda after a heavy meal. The only plot element that injects any hint of suspense is Dominic Cooper's portrayal of the ambitious Darcy, whose terrier-like efforts to solve the mystery behind their iced colleague's murder give Victor some anxious moments. The climactic shoot-out is explosive yet unexciting, so as the overwrought storyline grinds towards its predictable end, we are left with a profound sense of what might have been. This is sad, because the unusually tight-lipped Farrell and the ever-watchable Rapace are utterly convincing as a pair of damaged souls groping for a glimmer of hope in a morass of moral darkness.
A lifeless attempt to fuse a taut crime thriller and a complex psychological drama.
Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose amongst dazzling array of guests set to re-animate FrightFest... Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton is F
Ahead of the TV premiere of The Man Whose Mind Exploded, Film4.com editor Michael Leader speaks with director Toby Amies about his fascinating documentary about the friendship he forged with the colou
Find out who voted for Film4.com's list of the top 100 must-see films of the 21st Century so far
A tooth-chattering voyage through the scariest movies ever made
@Film4 RT @ArnoldOceng: If you missed @Destinyfilms & @bolaagbaje Movie @gonetoofarfilm on @Film4 then don't worry they're repeating at 1am so Enj…
@Film4 Heads up, folks! If you missed our premiere of @destinyfilms & @bolaagbaje's Gone Too Far, we're repeating it @ 1am. https://t.co/tVzCUBR9Wp
@Film4 @OwenRFord @channel5_tv @BBCTwo Blimey, quite a dilemma! Good luck making that call.
@Film4 "I am fate with a badge and a gun." At 10.50pm, Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña are on the beat in End Of Watch. https://t.co/we48aJALI4
@Film4 In an hour at 10.50pm, Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena star in David Ayer's found-footage cop thriller End Of Watch. http://t.co/dh36ShG7RZ