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Another clue as to the flick's quality came upon the fast realization that it was in French with English subtitles. I've said it once, and I will say it again: The French know their genre shit! And I know director, Julien Leclercq, hasn't made a whole bunch of films, but the dude already displays a flare for beautiful visuals. This guy's style absolutely rocks! From fast paced chases to slo-mo stances to brutal knock-down fights, everything looked just fantastic and increased the entertainment value of the proceedings tenfold! There was a particular fight towards the end where our hero is remembering all his old moves as the brawl is happening. It's the manner of execution coupled with the well-developed character's background, which produces a particularly enthralling result.
Which brings me, again, to the most obvious aspect of film-making that will always lead to a better end product: character development! Even though it had an almost unbelievable futuristic setting, all of Chysalis' main characters featured very real emotions that made sense within the confines of the rather intimate plot. The big standout was Patrick Bauchau, who was able to convey an excellent tough-guy cop bent on revenge and then pull an astonishing reversal once his memory sort of becomes... well, I can't ruin it.
Another cool thing about CHRYSALIS was that it was able to nicely balance some cool action with an interesting story. I won't go into too much detail about the strange, part-medical plot because, again, it's better going into this not knowing everything (plus, I'm still not sure I fully understand it). Regardless of the slightly complicated narrative and a few too coincidental plotlines, I still feel you'll have a blast checking out this engrossing, well-made blast from the future!
Audio French 5.1 Dolby Digital with English subtitles or Dubbed English
The flick's Trailer too.