ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – O – The Odyssey (2016)

Director: Jerome Salle

Writer: Jerome Salle, Laurent Turner (Screenplay) Jean-Michael Cousteau, Albert Falco (Book)

Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierrre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas, Benjamin Lavernhe, Vincent Heneine

 

Plot: Highly influential and a fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s aquatic adventure covers roughly thirty years of an inarguably rich in achievements life.


Tagline – One of the biggest productions in the history of European cinema! 

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Biopic

 

Story: The Odyssey starts by taking us back to 1949, Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Wilson) is known as a great explorer around the world with his loyal wife Simone (Tautou) by his side, his reputation is growing with his latest adventure.

When Jacques’ latest job takes him away from home, he proves to become one of the greatest researchers and filmmakers of all time, with his children Philippe (Niney) and Jean-Michael (Lavernhe) grown up, they join him on exploring the oceans of the world. we see how Jacques goes about making history with his own documentary show and how over time his action will affects his wife and son.

 

Thoughts on The Odyssey

 

Characters – Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a great inventor whose ambition drove technology to a new level, underwater exploring, his fame takes his reputation to new heights as he sets out on new projects working with his son for new incredible discoveries underwater. He however has his vices which push his wife away and tries to hold his own son back from being as great as he is. Philippe is his son, the son that gets involved with the same research as his father, he is fearless which only leaves his father questioning his actions, it will be one of his action that brings his father his hardest day. Simone is the long suffering wife of Jacques, she stays by his side

PerformancesLambert Wilson in the leading role is good and does cover the man through over 30 years of his life in the process. Pierre Niney also gives us a good performance which is what you will be finding looking at the whole case, everyone is good without being standout.

StoryThe story here follows the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, one of the great pioneers and explorers of the modern era, he helped making underwater exploration a possibility and was one of the first people to understand that there was a problem in the world’s oceans. We follow 30-years of his life through the success and through his hardest days. As with any biopic we get to see just moments from this man’s life, which can help show us where he once went and just what he achieved, we could have seen more about just how many other people would challenge his ideas and go onto use them too.

Adventure/BiopicThe adventure from this movie comes from seeing the things that Jacques and his crew discovered over his career and blends with the biopic side of the story perfectly to teach us about the origin of certain elements of film making we admire most from the greats out there now.

SettingsThe film takes us to many different settings, we see the great ocean views above and below the water which only make us go wow, we get to see just how difficult the family life would have been for an explorer too.

Special EffectsThe effects are mixed because they are used wonderfully well with the make up and aging processes, but certain water scenes don’t work as well.


Scene of the Movie –
The underwater scenes look fantastic.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t see enough of the relationship with the other son.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong biopic that any fans of the genre will be enjoying, it shows us just how influential one of the great explorers of the world would have been.

 

Overall: Nice biopic.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – T -The Tourist (2010)

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie, Julian Fellowes (Screenplay) Jerome Salle (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell

 

Plot: Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: This was Rather Boring

 

Story: The Tourist starts as we watch Inspector John Acheson (Bettany) track Elise Flifton-Ward (Jolie) across Europe in search for a mysterious Alexander Peirce. While travelling to Venice Elise is assigned to find someone who looks like Alexander, which brings in Frank Tupelo (Depp) an American tourist travelling through Europe that ends up enjoying the company of Elise.

When Acheson knows that Frank is a nobody in his case, he continues his case tracking Elise but crossed information leads to Frank finding his own life in danger from a gangster who is searching for Peirce too.

Frank must escape and stay alive but Elise needs to get her job done but now wants to keep Frank safe with multiple people after them, you know what I lost the plot here.

 

Thoughts on The Tourist

 

Characters/PerformanceElise is a mysterious woman that has connection to a known and wanted criminal, she finds herself trapped in the middle of saving an innocent man she has gotten in the middle of her misleading plan or getting the job done. Frank is the widowed American tourist who gets pulled into the world of criminal activity all while being innocent.

Performance wise, Depp clearly is in the middle of his pay day run here never reaching the heights we know he can while Jolie isn’t too much better in her role.

StoryThe story is mostly about a femme fatale trying to keep everyone away from her boss but soon learns that this random man has stolen her heart. We have twists turns but you just don’t care about the operation going on through the film, which just makes everything come off plain.

Action/RomanceThe action is very basic and you wouldn’t expect any tension through the film with the romance almost getting thrown down our throats too much without being believable.

SettingsVenice makes for a beautiful setting but the film just doesn’t capture everything in its full.

Special EffectsThe special effects are again all basic never pulling you into the story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a star driven action borefest, we rely on the idea that Depp and Jolie could pull in any audience member but then forget to give us an interesting story.

 

Overall: Easily forgotten movie

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