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An enjoyable mess
I bought the DVD and had it sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks. I was kinda afraid that, after the sh!tload of bad reviews (including some completely absurd ones) it had, I would realize that I suffered from the "Phantom Menace syndrome" when I saw it in theater - meaning that I would like it a lot less on second viewing...
And after watching it last night, I can say that to some extend I was right.
Oh, I still like it and want to see it again, but I was struck by some problems it has that I completely ignored the first time I watched it (like the very odd lighting in some scenes, or the rather forgettable John Williams score - I can't believe I just associated John Williams with forgettable, but it's true!).
And then there's the things I already found cringe-worthy then, like Karen Allen's bad performance, the monkeys scene or the totally unnecessary
CGI alien close-up at the end...
But in spite of all that, I still like it.
It's a very fun thrill-ride, not to be taken too seriously, a thousand times better than the Mummy movies (to which many people compared it for some reason).
Harrison Ford is brilliant, and Shia is great fun to watch. Great chemistry between them.
In other words it's flawed and kind of a mess, but it's an enjoyable one. And, mind you, I loved the fridge scene!
L'inconnu dans la maison (1992)
Great Belmondo movie...
I had seen this movie years ago, when I was a kid, and I remember that I was very impressed by the way Belmondo, who usually played either very charming and light-hearted characters or tough, "Dirty Harry-like" cops, portrayed this alcoholic lawyer forced to get back on the saddle, but I guess I was too young to fully understand the meanings of the story. Well, I just saw this film again last night, and thought it was just brilliant. Belmondo's performance is truly one of his bests, and the supporting cast is quite impressive, with Odette Laure, Cristiana Reali, Georges Geret, Sandrine Kiberlain and Pierre Vernier. Lautner's direction is very atmospheric, the dialogs are subtle and even if the plot can seem a little week at first sight, it's much deeper than it looks. So my rating is 8 out of 10, Belmondo at his best!