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message 1: by Alex DeLarge (new)

Alex DeLarge | 851 comments A decent film until the final act: beware of spoilers in my review!

TELL NO ONE (Guillaume Canet, 2006, France) A doctor must face the loss of his innocence; his childhood love stolen from him becomes an echo in the forlorn darkness of his soul. Dr. Alex Beck must continue alone with his life but is unable to do so, that violent encounter forever branded upon his brain, and eight years later he is still under the drowning influence of emotional pressure. Then suddenly a strange e-mail changes the course of his life and all is not what it seemed: is his wife still alive? If so, how? Why? These questions and a vast conspiracy force Alex upon a violent journey of self-discovery and conflict, with both law enforcement and some unknown stalkers haunting his every move. Director Guillaume Canet films a suspenseful drama that catapults the characters into one situation after another, asking more questions than it answers. The anxiety is force-fed as a subtle melodrama transforms into a vast gimmick that threatens to stretch credibility beyond the breaking point. The film works well as a reflexive thriller but falls apart under scrutiny: the final act where characters spout inane exposition severs the umbilical of disbelief and every facet of the plot is explained, bringing the climax to a screeching and implausible halt. This mediocre potboiler is saved from perdition by excellent acting and vibrant cinematography, but the ending is too contrived: the more details left unexplained, the better. TELL NO ONE is superficial entertainment that will linger in your mind hours after, questioning the complex motivations that are just not believable: the more you think about it, the less you will enjoy it. (C)

message 2: by Becca (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments Ah, Alex, I'm sorry that you didn't like it better. It's based on Harlan Coben's novel of the same name. I love his thrillers. I just attended his book tour here in Houston, and it's so interesting how he comes up with the ideas for his novels. It's always kind of happenstance and he has this mind that is always asking, "What if?"
I was very happy with the French production, and felt that Hollywood would have ruined it. They would have exploited the torture scenes, and not emphasized enough how much this man loved his wife. Of course, the book is better. It has more time to establish the characters and their lives which makes the plot a lot more believable.

message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy | 58 comments I have to say that I was rather disappointed with this movie - and I went in with high expectations. When a U2 song started playing, I just couldn't believe it (and this was at least the 2nd English-language song in the movie - WTF??). Interminably slow, with answers that don't justify the firecracker beginning, I was not impressed. For a much better thriller, rent The Page Turner.

message 4: by Becca (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments I don't remember there being a U2 song in it. There's definitely "For Your Precious Love" by Otis Redding in it.

message 5: by Alex DeLarge (new)

Alex DeLarge | 851 comments With or Without You plays at the cafe scene when he is trying to contact his wife.

message 6: by Becca (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments Ah, I missed that. Guess it didn't have the same emotional impact on me as the Otis Redding song did.

message 7: by Phillip (last edited May 12, 2009 11:43AM) (new)

Phillip | 10781 comments word!

...otis lives!

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