Papillon Movie Review

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Release Date  : 31/08/2018

Genre              : Drama, Crime, Fantasy

Cast                 : Rami Malek, Charlie Hunnam, Eve Hewson

Director           : Michael Noer

Duration          : 2 hrs 13 mins

Language        : English

The resilience of the human spirit makes for a story as compelling as they come, especially when inspired by real-life events. This film is the remake of an original feature released in 1973, based on Henri ‘Papillon’ Charriere’s autobiography. This remake is based on the true story of safecracker Henri Charriere who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to life in prison. However, this film is probably best described as being a stirring drama of friendship under hair-raising circumstances.

Henri Charriere aka ‘Papillon’ (Charlie Hunnam), is falsely accused of murder and sent to an inescapable prison on the secluded island. Charriere spends years trying to escape from this hellish prison, but every attempt somehow goes awry. He also meets with Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who offers to finance his escape over the condition of protecting his life from ruthless inmates. Soon the two get an opportunity to run far off, but destiny has different plans for them. The scenes are brutal and real to the level that one might get a unpleasant feel when seeing this picture of prison life. The violence is just as though, bloody and gritty.

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, who are just outstanding and very believable in their roles. The supporting cast is serviceable. Noer’s film possesses a gritty, authentic visual style along with a complex and layered performance. The sounds and music contribute well to create the right feel. The engaging performances in the film manage to carry it along nicely, ensuring it is a worthwhile watch.