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The film was originally titled "Paris est une fête" (literally "Paris is a feast", the French title of Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast"), but had to be changed in post-production because it became a symbol of hope in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks. The new title "Nocturama", on the other hand, comes from a Nick Cave album and means "night vision". Bonello liked the hybridism of Latin and Greek and used it with Cave's permission. See more »
Bonello obviously wanted to deliver a generational hit, a formal jewel with a shock plot, young actors and a well-made soundtrack. Despite this letter of intent, the director misses his target.
Let's cut to the chase, the film is super boring. Protagonists keep walking and walking, in streets, stairs, hallways, corridors. And that's almost all they do. Okay guys, you know how to use a stabilizer, but do you know how to build tension and unforgettable characters?
Actors deliver their lines, like brats from banlieue. Most of the time, they lack belief in what they're supposed to do. Their characters have no dimension at all.
We don't expect to root for terrorists, but these ones are so empty, we finally do not care at all about what may happen.
The "climax" is like the rest, boring and above all, really ill-made. SWAT Teams shoot firecrackers. Ok. Maybe to make us accept this movie is just a dud. The result is limp and boring.
A pure disappointment from an ambitious filmmaker. Sometimes it's better to play with heart and guts rather than apply a formula.
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