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CHRYSALIS
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Julien Leclercq

Starring:
Patrick Bauchau
Marthe Keller
Albert Dupontel
Marie Guillard

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What's it about
In a futuristic Paris, France, a cop searches for his wife's killer and winds up learning about this secretive medical facility where some strange, new procedure is being conducted.
Is it good movie?
Damn, what a genuine pleasure it is to sit down with a flick you've never heard of and end up having a rocking good time! From the onset of the nicely shot action surrounding the opening credits, I had an inkling that CHRYSALIS may be looking to present something special. Thankfully, I was correct.

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!

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.35:1

Audio French 5.1 Dolby Digital with English subtitles or Dubbed English

The Extras
An interesting Making Of feature that hashes out what went into the futuristic look of the flick.

The flick's Trailer too.

Last Call
If you're looking for fighting, futuristic gadgets, real feelings, and a potboiler of a plot all managed with an artful and entertaining hand, then pop a squat and find out the meaning of the word CHRYSALIS (but good luck with the pronunciation).
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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