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An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.

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An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.

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All of the outdoor and tram scenes were filmed in Brussels, even though several parts of the film are situated in Antwerp. The traffic signs are in two languages and the tram is of the MIVB/STIB the local public transport service. See more »

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(at around 46 mins) The telephone booth and the restaurant where Amy makes her call are distinctively American in spite of the characters being in Belgium. See more »

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Good thriller with a great setting...
1 October 2012 | by (Åland Islands) – See all my reviews

The Expatriate is a 2012 thriller starring Aaron Eckhart as an ex-CIA operative now stationed in Belgium. This looked like a sleeper hit that didn't get any recognition, and with that premise I started watching it. So far, so good, we got a nice classic setup pretty much similar to Taken and its predecessors as we follow Ben Logan (Aaron) and his rebellious teenage daughter go through one of their usual days. There is something mystical about European-set thrillers that just gets me, those immensely old and well maintained buildings, the cleanliness of the streets and exotic vibe of the people are just so mesmerizing… Ben is now employed by a huge conglomerate Halgate and working for one of their subsidiary companies as a security engineer. His job is to try to get pass security protocols, fool the eye scanners and break into safes, sounds interesting enough. What he doesn't know that there is a huge conspiracy surrounding his employer and that soon he and his daughter will become a subject of a manhunt. Targeted for termination by a company with seemingly unlimited recourses, they only have one choice: get to the bottom of this conspiracy in a hope that it will save their lives. Since this a thriller I don't wanna spoil your viewing experience so this is it as far as plot is concerned.

After he defeated aliens in Battle Los Angeles Aaron seems pretty confident in his role as an bad-ass ex-CIA operative, but this is were the complaints about those little things start. While we later find out that he is trained in combat, he is initially presented as a smarty-geeky engineer so it he must be the worlds deadliest man combining both the brains and the brawn (still, an awesome performance by Aaron). While the main three characters are pretty well developed, the rest of them are cardboard cutouts with only one purpose: to say/do their thing to help the story going forward. It would be nice to see something more elaborate story and character wise, but it seems that the writer only had a general idea with the rest of the story working itself, without much thinking.

In summary, this isn't the best thriller this year, but it sure is a damn fine viewing, especially if you like the genre. With good production values and that sleek look that blockbusters have it will definitely entertain you.

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