Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.
Denmark/France/Belgium/Italy/Netherlands/USA/United Kingdom, 2019. Backup Media, Saban Films, Schønne Film, Zilvermeer Productions, N279 Entertainment, Action Brand, Recalcati Multimedia, Light Industry Motion Pictures, Beluga Tree, Proximus, Canal+, Cine+, Global Road Entertainment. Screenplay by Petter Skavlan. Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine. Produced by Michel Schønnemann, Els Vandevorst. Music by Pino Donaggio. Production Design by Cornelia Ott. Costume Design by Charlotte Willems. Film Editing by Bill Pankow.
This third-rate police thriller should have been worth seeing considering it had someone as wonderful as Brian De Palma directing it, but even the moments that might remind you of his earlier work feel like bad imitations of better films. Copenhagen police officers Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Søren Malling are investigating a terror suspect and their attempted arrest goes awry when they find a man escaping a murder scene. Trying to catch him gets one man gravely injured, while the other goes on a rooftop chase that results in a fall that knocks him out just as he notices uniformed men dragging his target away. Coster-Waldau wakes up to find his partner in the hospital in critical condition and learns that the man he was after is connected to a major catch, an Isis terrorist who has plans to cause mayhem somewhere in Europe. Teaming up with Carice van Houten, they travel to Morocco and Spain while, unbeknownst to them, the CIA have arrested the man from the opening chase scene and are forcing him to go after the same goal. There’s a scene at a bullring that features some crafty camera angels and smart use of controlled pace that could please de Palma’s fans, but it’s a cut-rate version of the much better sequence in Femme Fatale (right down to the similar Bolero music). The paranoid conspiracy thriller aspect to the story can’t match up to Blow Out because it barely makes sense, the plot has holes the size of a crater and the personal stakes for these characters feels nimbly constructed. Best to skip this one and pretend it didn’t happen, I know I wish I could.