Papillon

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  133 min.
In theatres: August 24, 2018 (limited)
DVD/Blu-ray: November 6, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.85
based on 26 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Eve Hewson, Roland Møller, Yorick Van Wageningen, Tommy Flanagan

Synopsis

Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books "Papillon" and "Banco", the film 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 a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.

Director: Michael Noer
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): David Koplan, Ram Bergman, Joey McFarland, Roger Corbi
Screenplay: Aaron Guzikowski
Official Site: bleeckerstreetmedia.com/papillon

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  • 2 stars "For someone who has never seen the 1973 film with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman then this would likely be an average film. But if you really loved the 1973 original and the mesmerizing performances by McQueen and Hoffman like I did, then this one will likely leave you let down. I just didn't believe the bond between the two main characters, Papillon and Dega. I thought Charlie Hunnam did a fine job as Papillon but Rami Malek's performance as Dega was a real disappointment. Dega has to have a hook. A strong element to his character to create some separation and identity between the two main characters and Malek just does not find it. I think remakes of 1970's films, especially dramas, are a challenge for today's directors as they seem to miss the boat on what made them great. It was the relationships between the characters. The acting in the 1973 version is so far superior to this one, not just the two main characters, but all the parts. I think I'll try to find a copy of the original and be truly entertained once again."
  • 3 stars "Reminded me of another movie of the same name, but it was fine."
  • 3 stars "Being such a huge fan of the original movie I had to see this version...it was O.K. but by no means came close to the original movie."