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With a few situations similar to the Silence of the Lamb; LA CHAMBRE DES MORTS is able to become a complete different and original thriller. Two men hit with a car a person (and kill him) carrying a bag full of money. They take the money and dispose the body however that money was the ransom for a kidnapped girl who is murdered. Another girl, a diabetic one, is kidnapped so a police woman and her partner follow the case. The story follows different directions; the two men who stole the money, the kidnappers, the police and even the kidnapped girl in a brief escape attempt to cross paths near the end. The investigation in itself is realistically resolved; which somewhat drags the first half of the movie. During the second half, several very intense situations raise the tension towards a final act, somewhat similar (but far from equal) to the Jonathan Demme's film. Melanie Laurent, gives an interesting performance as the single mother of two babies' police woman; trying to take care of her siblings while trying to find the killers. While the rest of the cast keeps the level above average. It is important to note that while the gore and violence level are not high; some situations and images are very intense. The movie was rated OVER 12 YEARS OLD in France; which is something like an R here in USA.
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