- 1h 48min
Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile stre... Read allFollowing a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.
Having enjoyed the director's previous film Raw/Grave (2017), I was anticipating the release of Titane but was ultimately disappointed by the experience. As a fan of horror movies old and new, Grave managed to shock me during its more extreme scenes by having me engrossed in its story and characters. Titane has plenty of these kind of disturbing elements but is far less engaging.
The film is hard to fault on a technical or execution level. The weak link is the distracting, if restrained, use of below-average CGI for some effects. The performances are believable and mostly consistent given the outlandish material, at least in the French version. The most realized aspect of the movie is the cinematography, which is an blend of the colors of Nicolas Winding Refn and intense images of Michael Bay.
The similarities with Bay are reinforced by the content first few scenes, which led me to believe the movie would try to subvert the elements or vulgarity usually present his films. However it quickly falls out of this story-line and setting, leaving me to ponder what the goal of Titane actually is.
The movie simultaneously follows two story-lines which seem to belong to two different genres. The first one is highly fantastical and horrific, but is treated very seriously. This is where the influence of David Cronenberg's early body horror films is felt. The second one is dramatic and grounded in reality, yet requires a big suspension of disbelief from the audience. Essentially the movie uses the disturbing content of one story-line to distract from the least believable aspects of the other: this would be fine if the unlikely setting was used to reach interesting or strange situations and ideas.
During the viewing, I was most entertained with the film's few jabs at dark humor. My favorite scene in this vein actually occurs right before the main plot gets started, and from then on most of the humor disappears. I did not get much entertainment from the horrific content, which was not taken far enough and became obnoxious and numbing after a few scenes because of my lack of involvement in the story.
Overall, this movie mixes elements from Under the Skin (2013), Enki Bilal's work, Conenberg's Crash (1996) and France's own Martyrs (2008). I did not enjoy those last two either, because I did not care for what they were trying to accomplish. I am not sure what Titane is trying to accomplish, but maybe someone else can have some use from it.
- Jul 24, 2021