Friday, August 15, 2008

Tell No One (2006)

"Tell No One" is a French thriller about Alex Beck, a doctor whose wife, Margot, is mysteriously killed one night after they go skinny-dipping together. Alex, played by Francois Cluzet, is knocked unconscious during the attack and doesn't remember a thing during police questioning. The case is eventually closed after the police suspect the murder was committed by a serial killer.

Eight years later, when 2 bodies are uncovered near where Margot's body was dumped, the police reopen the case, and Alex is once again a prime suspect. In the mists of all this, Alex receives a mysterious e-mail containing a link to video footage of Margot, alive and well. With the cops closing in around him and a shadow of doubt hanging over his head, Alex must clear his name and find out what really happened to his wife.

The film is slick, tense, and rarely makes a misstep in the storytelling. Francois Cluzet is very strong in the lead, and the action, while understated, is very effective, especially the excellent foot-chase in the 2nd act. It's one of those of films that asks so many questions along the way, that it doesn't really matter what the final solution is because it will never fully please the audience. That being said, I found the final sequence in the movie to be surprisingly touching. All in all though, "Tell No One" doesn't really add anything new to the genre, but as a one-time-viewing, it's pretty good. I enjoyed watching it, but I just don't have the desire to watch again anytime soon.

"Tell No One" screened at 1:00 on 8/14/08 at the Arbor

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