A film about vengeance, and mixed in with an unusal relationship between the two main characters, Victor(Colin Farrell) and Beatrice(Noomi Rapace). They both had been wronged, and wanted revenge. Beatrice lived with her mom, Valentine Louzon(Isabelle Huppert), and the building across on the balcony we saw Victor. Beatrice blackmailed Victor to become her surrogate killer.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who also directed the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; in other words, this was his first North America’s debut. Since this was a film about a “good” guy went after bad guys of the underworld, nothing was bright in colours, except later on when there was some hope of a love relationship, Beatrice put on a red dress. However, red was for dangers as well. Victor was the silent type, he was too engulfed with pains and plans. Perhaps this was where the film broke down?! I didn’t share Victor’s pains. He watched a home video of wife and daughter over and over on the kitchen wall, so…(Minority Report). I understand people deal with griefs differently, but for this film, Farrell needed to give us more. To be fair, silent could well represent internal turmoil, and he did a bang up job of that.
Rapace also showed some depth with her character; she was a beautician, whose face was ruined in a car accident, by a drunk driver. I was surprised to see Huppert (The Piano Teacher), famous French actress, played the mom.
Overall, this was a “safe” film, i.e., predictable.
SKIP… can’t think of a solid reason that you have to watch this.