The Statement (2003)

NORMAN JEWISON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada/France/USA, 2003.  , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Norman Jewison, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Michael Caine in The Statement

Decades after having aided Nazi soldiers in murdering seven Jewish men during the Second World War,  is on the run when a new Crimes Against Humanity law is passed and he must avoid prosecution. Judge  and Gendarme  comb all of France looking for him, discovering at every turn that the Catholic Church has been helping to hide, feeding and clothing him ever since the end of the war. What’s more, it seems as if a fanatical Jewish organization has decided to take the law into its own hands by sending forth assassins to kill Caine without the benefit of a trial. This political thriller fails to recall the good old days of Costa-Gavras or Elio Petri, but it does have interesting characters and a fantastic cast to promote it as worthy viewing.  Caine is marvelous, and Swinton is enigmatic as a stubborn and driven woman who will stop at nothing to make sure she reaches Caine first. Norman Jewison’s direction lacks passion, unfortunately, leaving an interesting but mostly two-dimensional thriller.

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