Vidocq escapes captivity 1805. Years later, he's a fabric merchant in Paris with an alias. He makes a deal of amnesty for catching criminals. He builds an efficient team of ex-cons to catch or kill them.
Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq, the only man who escaped from the greatest penal colony of the country, is a legend of the low-Parisian fund. Left for dead after his last spectacular escape, the ex-penal colony prisoner tries to make him forget under the traits of a single trader.Written by
Hugo Van Herpe
This is the third collaboration between director Jean-François Richet and actor Vincent Cassel after the diptych ((The Instinct of Death / The Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)- L'Instinct de mort / L'Ennemi public nº 1 (2008))) and ((A moment of misguidance (2015)- Un moment d'égarement (2015))). In 2011, the two men had in common another, but unsuccessful, historical film project: a two-part biopic focusing on General La Fayette. See more »
A historical film well done in aesthetics but with a script full of clichés and with a mediocre direction. Vincent Cassel, the main actor, badly directed, bases his interpretation on shouts and grim looks, in his character there are no nuances or low voice, everything seems to be said by hitting the table, with what ends up being the caricature of a tough guy. The best interpretation is that of Fabrice Luchini (an actor I didn't know) in the brief role of Minister Fouché, tense, cynical and transmitting true authority without screaming. The best of the film are undoubtedly the digital effects, especially the architecture of the city and the interiors, really achieved. It's a pity that the result is like this because Vidocq's historical character deserved a splendid updated revision and what he has received is a film to forget the next minute to be seen.
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