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The Red Siren (2002)

La sirène rouge (original title)
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Nearly 13, Alice rebels, telling the Paris police that her mother is a murderer. Alice has no evidence; her mother, Eva, rich and powerful, avoids charges. Alice promptly runs away, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Hugo Cornelius Toorop
... Anita
... Eva
... Koesler
Alexandra Negrão ... Alice
... Oliveira
... Vitali
... Travis
... Lucas
Carlo Brandt ... Vondt
François Levantal ... Sorvan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Mitja
Antonio Calpi
João Pedro Cary ... Child
Celia Charpentier
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Nearly 13, Alice rebels, telling the Paris police that her mother is a murderer. Alice has no evidence; her mother, Eva, rich and powerful, avoids charges. Alice promptly runs away, determined to find her dad whom she claims lives in Portugal. The police believe he is dead and that Alice is in denial. Nonetheless, they dispatch Anita, an Italian police officer on loan to the French, to find Alice and bring her back. Meanwhile, Eva has launched her own paramilitary force to hunt for Alice, and Alice has found a protector in Hugo, an ex-soldier turned hit man and gang member. He promises to get her to her father. All roads lead to a small town on the Portuguese coast. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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In the original story from the book, Toorop (J-M Barr) is armed with a Steyr AUG 77. In the movie he is armed with a Sig 552. See more »

Goofs

When Alice fires her handgun (a semi-automatic) even tho shot in slow-motion, the slide doesn't move back. This is a simple identifiable function of this sort of weapon which is shot in slow-mo intentionally in many other films for it's dramatic effect. Instead, Alice jerks the weapon back as if it were fired, and the target is magically struck by a bullet that could not have come from Alice's gun. See more »

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Hugo: [first lines - sighting his rifle] Where'd that fourth guy disappear to?
Vitali: Take it easily Hugo.
Hugo: Christ Vitali. They're getting younger every day. I didn't come here to kill kids.
Vitali: If you don't, they won't spare *you*.
Hugo: What if that would suit me just fine. Really.
Vitali: Come on Hugo, they need us here.
Hugo: But they're just kids! What the fuck am I doing here Vitali?
Vitali: God only knows.
Hugo: God would never let things get this fucked up.
Vitali: Don't try to blame all mankind's fuck ups on God. Now you tell me why a young man ...
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OK thriller
28 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Euro thriller is flawed but mostly entertaining. Casting is a typical Euro-pudding mish-mash of international actors and varying accents, with some actors obviously and not particularly well-dubbed. Asia Argento at least does her own dialogue, but some of the voice actors here are stiff enough to be distracting, particularly the girl, who never really generates much sympathy since her line readings have all the emotion of a bored child in language class. The central relationship between the good-hearted mercenary and the girl on the run from men with guns is highly reminiscent of Leon, but without any of the chemistry. Like most European films shot in English the script suffers from frequent, occasionally laughable tin ear for the language. On the plus side the movie is quite stylish and the suspense set pieces are well-constructed and mostly quite effective. On the whole I would recommend this one, but with a more competent English language rewrite and a cast that actually could speak the language, this might have been a far better film.


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