Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Anthony Zimmer

[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]

Jérôme Salle's Anthony Zimmer would certainly please to many lovers of gripping police films. Although the movie is okay, few people would appreciate it because this is the sort of movie that you must watch twice to thoroughly understand it. In fact, I dare to say that this movie is not my cup of tea. Other than that, the film is stuck with a few incoherences in the plot. Hopefully, the acting is there.

Since many years, the French customs agency has been trying to arrest Anthony Zimmer, an international criminal who knows how to make dirty money gets into Europe through legal fronts. However, things are rather complicated, because Zimmer changed his face (and even his voice) after going through a heavy make-over. Despite that, Det. Akerman (Sami Frey) intends to use Chiara Manzoni (Sophie Marceau), one of his agents, to arrest him. When on mission, Chiara randomly meets François Taillandier (Yvan Attal), because she believes that he's Anthony Zimmer. How right is she?

Of course, the movie does a good job when it comes to simultaneously entertaining uswith its rather quick pace and its twist plots. What is rather astonishing, is that Anthony Zimmer manages to keep a certain plausibility. Even though the script is a little bit complicated, we have here an effective thriller. However, as the movie evolves, one may believe that the movie has some plot holes that can be seen in the dialogues, because we never get to fully know what is the link between Chiara and Anthony Zimmer/François Taillandier. In fact, while the movie focus correctly on Det. Akerman's attempt to arrest Zimmer (and he uses Chiara to do it), scriptwriter Jérôme Salle missed the occasion to deal - at least slightly - with the corruption within the French customs agency through Chiara.

Even though the movie leaves off some important details that could have augment the depth of the script, the performance of the cast won't dismay you. Whether it's Sami Frey (La fille de d'Artagnan), Yvan Attal (Bon voyage) or Sophie Marceau (The World is not Enough), just expect to see a contained, but well controlled performance. With such a control, the cast manages to suggest a lot of things through their words or even through their silence.

Finally, if you like thrillers that don't contain much action scenes, then you should probably like this one. After all, even though this movie has a little plot hole, I'm sure that Alfred Hitchcock would have liked Anthony Zimmer.

Rating: 3.5/5


Anthony Zimmer
France (2005)
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Screenplay: Jérôme Salle
Director: Jérôme Salle
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Yvan Attal, Sami Frey, Gilles Lellouche, Daniel Olbrychski and Samir Guesmi

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