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Friday, September 24, 2010

[5.50/10] Sans laisser de traces a.k.a. Traceless (2010)

Sans laisser de traces


Traceless (2010)

Short review: This French crime thriller tells the story of Etienne, about to become president of his group, who wants to unburden himself an injustice he committed early in his career. Convinced by a friend of youth, he went to the man he injured at the time to compensate. But things go wrong and the man is killed by his friend. Etienne then attempted to get on with his life, but it gradually turns into a nightmare. Despite its well-constructed and rather clever story, "Traceless" is only mildly engaging, because it just doesn't offer enough thrills and twists. Benoît Magimel reminded me a lot of Sean Penn, well, only physically. He carries the whole film on his back, and gives an excellent performance as the successful and very generous, yet troubled and clouded with anxiousness, Etienne. François-Xavier Demaison as Etieene's friend Chambon, is completely miscast and he lets the film down with his unconvincing performance. Also, the chemistry between these two actors is almost non-existent. Technically, "Sans laisser de traces" is overall well-made, but nothing special in terms of visuals or direction. All in all, "Traceless" promises a lot, but sadly, delivers very little, and it's only fairly entertaining. And this is rather disappointing.

  • My Rating: 5.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.4/10

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