Friday, December 5, 2008

De Zaak Alzheimer

Netherlands/Belgium 2003

Hardened hit man Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir) finds his career threatened by the onset of Alzheimer's in this Belgian crime thriller. As Ledda struggles to complete his contracts, he must also contend with two detectives (Koen De Bouw and Werner De Smedt) who are hot on his trail for recent murders. Soon, the pressure of it all prompts Ledda to turn on his own employers. Erik Van Looy directs from a script based on Jef Geeraerts's novel.

A great adaptation from a novel to a movie. This riveting crime thriller centers around an aging hit man for hire in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. Which that alone is an interesting enough storyline to capture the viewers interest. With a brilliantly paced plot accompanied with varying panning and dollying with the camera nothing ever really slows down. What kept me from loving this film is probably the last 20 minutes. But I refuse to "Ebertize" my reviews by making direct references to sections of the movie or quoting it, which essentially ruins it for the film buff, you'll just have to watch and see for yourself that the flawless momentum intentionally falters as the hit man's illness worsens and he starts making mistakes that ultimately leaves one disappointed. But that type of emotion that can be brought out of a viewer is a triumphant maneuver for a movie that focuses on developing characters with a rich individual uniqueness. Well worth a watch!

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