Monday, December 20, 2010

Movie of the Week - Frantic

This week’s movie is Frantic (1988).

The mystery is about Dr. Richard Walker and his wife who come to Paris, France, for a vacation/conference. They arrive at the hotel and Walker takes a shower after the long trip. When he emerges, he finds that his wife is gone, missing, disappeared. He begins to look for her and gets caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs, and murder. The film is directed by one of the masters of crime and mystery filmmaking Roman Polanski (probably want to also check out his films Chinatown and The Pianist). Polanski has a stellar crew on the film with a score from legendary composer Ennio Morricone, cinematography by Polish D.P. Witold Sobocinski and production design by Pierre Guffroy. The film served as a breakthrough for French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who is alluring and mysterious and perfect for the role. The star, however, is Harrison Ford playing the type of role that he plays best – against all odds. His career is full of iconic characters and performances, and this is one of the really good ones. What makes the film great is how Polanski weaves elements of crime drama, mystery and thriller together to make a very entertaining film, which is both full of action and suspense (and it does not hurt that it has Paris as the backdrop). This is a must for fans of Polanski or Ford and those looking for a great mystery-thriller. Check out the trailer.

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