Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, ... See full summary »

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Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death and takes the investigation on... Written by Anonymous

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$2,450,966 (France) (28 September 2001)
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Beautiful, dark, atmospheric
19 June 2002 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Spectacular supernatural thriller set in Paris in the year 1830. The movie looks and feels like "Se7en" meets "The City of Lost Children". The film stars well-known French actor Gerard Depardieu as Eugène Vidocq, a former criminal turned detective. Vidocq really existed, and may well have invented the private eye business as we know it. While the man was real, this story however, is fictional, involving a series of bizarre murders and a mysterious character who wears a mask that reflects like a mirror.

The movie is reportedly the first film recorded with a digital camera (the same equipment used in Star Wars Ep. II, reportedly) resulting in crystal-clear images. Not only that, but many of the scenes were digitally enhanced, giving the movie a surreal feel, not dissimilar to some other oddball French movies like the aforementioned "City of Lost Children" (at least some of the same people were involved in the production design of both, so that may not be surprising).

Some of the action scenes are quite spectacular; in a few scenes, we see Vidocq take on the masked/cloaked villain, and comparisons to both both "The Matrix" and SW Ep. I suddenly seem inevitable. This is not to say this movie is a rip-off - no, far from it. It's a joy to behold.

Also, the movie has a good soundtrack; dark & heavy, fitting the movie's subject matter, and reminding me of the soundtracks of movies like "Batman" & "Bram Stoker's Dracula".

This is one movie well worth checking out. Highly recommended.


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