Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.
Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books "Papillon" and "Banco", PAPILLON follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.
When the guards are yelling off names as the prisoners are getting off the boat, one of them yells Hoffman, an obvious reference to Dustin Hoffman, who played Louis Dega in the original 1973 version. See more »
It shows the Moulin Rouge Cinema in Paris and the BAL entrance next door as being on a round corner of the street on different roads, in fact they are all on a straight line to each other to this day. See more »
This movie has the plot but that's about it. I think the biggest issue is the cinematography doesn't match up. The shots are often too narrow, too closed up. The views are too tight. You're missing the sense of original movie that showed how isolated and barren the area was. The acting between main characters feels forced and unnatural.
Overall, the movie does not seem polished. I think locations were also not that great. The sea wasn't as vivid blue as in the original. The landscape wasn't as barren or as sunny as in the original. I also didn't feel like time has passed for him as it has in the original.
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