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A Review From The UK Of TELL NO ONE!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I know very little about this, but since it’s open in the UK and not here, I’m curious to see what we have to look forward to when and if it makes its way across the pond:

Hi Harry. First I done anything like this, probably wont use it, but thought i would send in my review of 'Tell no one' which opened here in the UK today on a limited cinema release. Been looking forward to this film for ages, ever since I heard they were making it, and was really glad to finally catch it. If you use this please call me Mr. Liam C. In a year of ultimatums, living free, black suited jealousy and timbers being shivered, there is a danger of people missing out on the smaller budget but just as good movies like Guillame Canet’s brilliantly told movie ‘Ne le dis a personne/ Tell no one’. Guillame Canet manages to do with this film what many book lovers believe to be near impossible and that is to adapt a great book into a hugely enjoyable piece of cinema. It is based on the novel ‘Tell no one’ by Harlan Coben who was also involved in the writing of the screenplay and unlike other novelists, Mr. Thomas Harris with your Hannibal Rising, does an extremely good job and makes an unaccredited cameo. ‘Tell no one’ tells the story of Dr. Alex Beck. Eight years previously his wife was murdered by a serial killer, however the recent findings of two dead bodies and an email on the anniversary of his wife’s death showing a live direct feed of someone closely resembling his wife threatens to turn his whole world upside down. This is one of the most involving films I have seen this year. It achieves this through the wonderful cast and the fact that Alex Beck could be anyone of the audience. Alex is just a regular guy whose wife died in extraordinary circumstances, who when finally coming to terms with his lose is given the hope that she may still be alive. It is difficult not to believe in everything that he does in chasing this as because he is so normal you feel, and hope that you would be doing exactly the same thing. Francois Cluzet has to be given credit for his turn as Alex Beck, and anyone who does not believe he is Dustin Hoffman’s twin should be shot. The way he plays the character is as if he was asked what would you do in this situation and then went and done it. The only over played part is a chase across a motorway which doesn’t quite sit well with the rest of the movie. However during the rest of the chase the you cant help but think that what would happen to me when he stumbles and falls whilst running or that’s what I would do when after running what seems like an age he hides in a bin because his legs cant carry him anymore. As I said at the start ‘Tell no one’ is based upon a book, written by Harlan Coben, and like all adaptations parts of the book had to be cut, however the only big noticeable part missing is at the end. I do believe the ending in the book was better as there was a greater sense of justice than in the film, however the film did have a very satisfying ending which you can tell Harlan Coben did have some involvement with as the ending doesn’t feel like someone else added their own. ‘Tell no one’ is a limited cinema release but if you happen to live near any cinema showing it take the time to see it. Hopefully big studios will realize what a great story teller Harlan Coben is and make all his other books in to movies and available to wider audience, as long as it does bring in unrealistic characters and over the top special effects. However I would be extremely happy for Guillame Canet to carry the baton for making Harlan Coben books into films especially if they are all as good as this. **** out of *****
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  • June 16, 2007, 2:49 a.m. CST


    by darshn22

    Are you ever going to post your interview with Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot?

  • June 16, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by jackson healy


  • June 16, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    F42 SUCKS

  • June 16, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    This looks great

    by ODM

    We need more grown up thrillers like this.

  • June 16, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Empire gave it a glowing review

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    And it has Kristen Scott Thomas speaking French in it. Rwwwoarrrr

  • June 16, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Perfect Title

    by Roboteer

    For dumb projectionists.

  • June 16, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    It was decent, nothing more.

    by SpencerTrilby

    But considering that the book was one of the most hamfisted piece of "grown-up" litterature I read recently (characterisation, Beck's inner monologues, all the police procedure: Coben is not even worthy of working for Law&Order or MSJ's DareDevil 2) I think Canet did a good job. Improved or cut the weak parts, and the casting is OK (especially François Cluzet in the title role, an average Joe thrown into chaos). But when only decent efforts like this get a foreign release (thanks to the American source material), original movies like "Anthony Zimmer" (with Yvan Attal and Sophie Marceau) still wait on the shelves. "Tell no one" is OK, but I hate when the fucking "French touch" bullshit gets in the way. "Tell no one" despite its qualities is very "French": except the highway scene, there's nothing very exciting. It's all in the performances.

  • June 17, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    I read the novel ages ago...

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    ...and didn't realise they were making a film of it. Anyway, the book was sort of OK-ish. Though why people think it's unfilmable is ridiculous.

  • June 17, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    There is no "unfilmable".

    by UltimaRex

    Not anymore. LOTR proves this. Bonus points for the film reference. (easy one)

  • June 17, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Unfilmable? WTF?!

    by SpencerTrilby

    I don't understand how it could be "unfilmable" since it's your average B-grade thriller novel with no style and zero originality. The whole "unfilmable" word is a joke. It's a cheap excuse , a lame-o fromula used by lazy film critics. EVERYTHING is filmable. It can be downgraded, for sure (any film version of Monte-Cristo) but Canet proved that it was not onlt filmable, but more interesting on film form.

  • June 17, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Harlen Coben's Dealbreaker in production

    by mr dark

    I keep seeing this listed on IMDB as in production..It hasn't casted yet but the Myron Bolitar series is great..It will translate well to the screen I believe.. Hope this gets Harlen a big Hollywood deal.. God knows we need something new..