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Having watched the first Largo Winch movie just a few days earlier, I
was excited to view the sequel and it definitely delivered on many
levels. The acting by Tomer Sisley as the unwilling billionaire heir
Largo Winch is by far stronger than in the original movie, and the
other main characters such as the Burman villager Malunai and Alexandre
Jung (played by the now late Laurent Terzieff) contributed to the
storyline in an endearing and believable way.
The Burma Conspiracy contains most of the elements of a great action movie. Strong acting, colourful characters and as an extra bonus we're also introduced to a comical Eastern European villain. The have upped the pace significantly relative to the first Largo Winch flick, and added a few fairly violent action scenes but nothing that detracts the attention from the main plot in a negative way. The movie takes the viewer on a tour of some exciting locations such as Thailand, Burma, Hong Kong and Switzerland and the scenery is indeed eye-catching even for the most seasoned traveller.
Hollywood Reporter gave this movie an unfair bashing in their recent review. For any honest fan of action movies, The Burma Conspiracy is certainly one not to be missed and most definitely places itself in the upper echelons of releases in this genre to have hit the cinema in the last few years. It is indeed quite a shame that cinema distribution outside the Francophone countries has been fairly limited.
But not by that much. Actually the main actor does help a lot and the
vote could have been lower without him. Sharon Stone on the other hand,
seems almost completely misplaced. I'm not sure if they had American
backing or if the director/producer or whoever was a fan of hers, but
she almost put me off the movie. And I quite like her in other movies,
but this one ...
With that being said, we get more of Largo and his back-story. While I'm not familiar with the source material (haven't read anything, only watched the first movie), it seems like there is a rich story behind the character. I'm not sure if there will be another installment into the series (could go even further back I guess), but I do know that Largo made an impression on me overall. Good action-thriller that delivers what it needs to
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I loved the 2008 first motion picture 'Largo Winch'. I will no doubt
have a pro bias in my review unless the movie strays too far from the
original over all genre and quality. Jérôme Salle's direction and his
collaboration with Julien Rappeneau for the script, produced another
action packed thriller. Sharon Stone figures in the top credit but it
was probably to attract more of an American audience than the first
movie did; her role does not require much on screen time as the billing
would have you expect. What part she had, she performed as the
professional she is. She has sex appeal for a 53ish, like only a
handful of Hollywood hotties past their prime; they age better than us
regular folks. Tomer Sisley shines once more and with no less acumen;
the French production syndicate has to be proud of their on screen hero
I hope we can be treated to a third part or over time even a series; this second tome ends with so much promise. Again, the quality and quantity of action output for the relatively low budget bodes well for more Largo Winch. I hope you read my review of the original 2008 release. The fight scenes are choreographed with max effect and remind me of the "Banlieu 13" movies 2004 & 2009; they generate audience Ooohs and Ahhhs like nothing else.
In fact Hollywood has been hiring Cyril Raffaelli to capture a little of that magic in films like "Live Free or Die Hard " , "Kiss of the Dragon" and "The Incredible Hulk" and countless more where if you pay attention you will notice a departure from the traditional ass kicking we now feel blasé with. Look up Cyril's choreography credits and you will be impressed.
Well everyone raved about the third "Bourne "movie with Matt Damon; it's that type of action fighting I'm talking about here. Less special effects and more special training, like circus people refined training. Having seen special features about the training, the actors/stunt people go through over two three and four months even, to perform a 4 second shot is what I call dedication and the results will attract new fan following like moi. My own reaction watching a particular scene performed by David Belle (one I just referred as the 4 second shot in Banlieu 13 ), a champion also in the movement for more of this French in origin, action sequences, was a reaction with much surprise cursing. I mean numerous "Holy Sh*t" and "F*ck me" and "Damn" he's good. Largo Winch has that feel and I liked it as much as the first.
I didn't know that this was the sequel for "Largo Winch", and if I had
known I might have watched "Largo Winch" first. So for the time being I
don't know how "The Burma Conspiracy" (aka "Largo Winch 2") is
connected to the first movie, nor how much of a continuation it might
"The Burma Conspiracy" is driven by a wide-spanning story that takes place in Burma, Thailand, Hong Kong and Switzerland. And there is also a good amount of action the the movie. The movie starts out with a really impressive, and nicely filmed, car chase scene. And, of course, there is a love story here as well, so you might say there is something for everyone here.
Tomer Sisley carried the movie really well, and I think this is actually the first time I am taking notice of him, despite having seen other movies that he was in. And Sharon Stone did a good job in her supportive role opposite Sisley. And it was a treat to have Thai heavyweight actor Nirut Sirichanya in the movie too, as he always bring a level of authority to his movies.
"The Burma Conspiracy" is a movie that grabs you by the throat and take you on an adrenaline-filled roller-coaster ride. I was more than genuinely entertained by the intricate storyline, the action and the acting performances. "The Burma Conspiracy" is well-worth sitting down to watch, and the almost two hours seem to just fly by.
The only thing missing from "The Burma Conspiracy" to give it a higher rating is the lack of contents to support more than a single viewing. While the story is good, then it is, unfortunately, the type of movie that you will watch only once.
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Without doubt this sequel represents a continuation of the programme of
careful quality-control instituted by the first installment which ,for
once,was a successful comic- transferred -to -the- screen. The first
movie was (almost) faithful to the cartoon books ,- almost" because one
of the main characters was absent-the second is an original screenplay
although snatches of stories appear now and then ("L'heure Du Tigre").
People were waiting for Sharon Stone who was given a conventional part ,a character you've seen a hundred times or more;she is completely out-shadowed by the Asian actress as Largo's lover,who brilliantly makes her character moving and endearing and all her scenes count .
Like the first opus,the screenplay blends present and past (but this time not a distant past :three years,which means that the events of the past depicted by the movie happened before the story in the present tense of the first story....
A first story which disappointed some viewers a bit, cause Simon 's best friend (his captain Haddock in a way) was completely absent although his part was essential in the comic albums ;with hindsight ,it was not perhaps a bad idea;because ,if Simon appears in this episode ,it's a fiasco.THe actor has no screen presence at all.Unlike Tomer Sisley,who has intellect and dynamism going for him ,Olivier Barthelemy has none:a listless character,devoid of the sense of humor the original Simon had.He is so insignificant that the story could easily do without him:even Nicolas Vaude,who is everything but an exciting actor ,shows more qualities than he does.
SPOILERS The best of this sophomore effort is the love interest:the scenes between Malunaî,Largo, and their child possess a warmth,an emotion which is rare in those action-packed adventures ;the boy crying after his mother's death is harrowing¨;and the story ends in a smart way:Largo and little Largo in the precedent episode ,Largo and his child in the second one;and finally it's that child who makes it all worthwhile,who gives a rather trite tale substance.
And last but no least ,if Olivier Barthelemy 's performance hits rock bottom,"LARGO II" can boast the presence of one of the greatest French actors of all time;it was to be his last role,for he passed away several months after .Laurent Terzieff belongs to the Delon/Belmondo generation ,and IMHO ,he was better and much more ambitious than both of them.To write that Ce Monsieur steals every scene he is in is to diminish him,for his cadaverous face and his feverish eyes literally mesmerizes you,he gave it all perhaps because he felt it was his last time.If it were only for Terzieff and the scenes of Largo's "family" ,then I can say that,in spite of obvious flaws,I did not waste my time.
NB During the final cast and credits,Cat Stevens ' "father and son" is heard,sadly in a so so cover version.
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Well...what can I say? This movie is so disjointed, and so silly, it's
hardly even worth a review. But since there are so few reviews, maybe
this will help others avoid the near total waste of time that is "The
However, having said that, this movie is not without its moments of suspense. The problem is...when it's over, one feels completely empty.
The plot is complicated, which, in and of itself is fine. However, in an attempt to try to tie it all together, it's the same kind of feeling you get after watching an entire movie only to be told at the end that it's all been a dream. That particular ploy is not used here, but the net result feels the same. Only in this case, it's more of a nightmare. There are clearly better ways to spend 2 hours.
I have seen Largo Winch 1 three times, because I was taken in by the way the story has been told. Somewhat different to the way Hollywood tells a story. I looked forward for more of this kind and expected something similar with Largo Winch 2. Boy was I wrong. Whilst the first installment was fresh and had new ideas this sequel had nothing new to it. To the contrary, it just followed mainstream and Zeitgeit. Which is perhaps annoying, but bearable, especially, when your in the same mindset. But more serious is when the acting is bad, the dialogs sound wrong and the story simply is bad. And that is here the case. I can not recommend this to anybody.
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