Control

2017

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

20
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 494

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Reviewed by Gino Cox 8 / 10

A solid police procedural / psychological thriller / bromance

"Control" is a much better title than "Het Tweede Gelaat," which translates as "Double Face." The film is a police procedural / psychological thriller / bromance. Commanding officer Vincke is a bit of a control freak, while Chief Inspector Verstuyft goes by his instincts. Rina keeps her patients under control with psychoactive drugs, but is out of control personally. Various VIPs attempt to control the investigation. The investigating judge is frustrated in her attempts to control Verstuyft, as is Vincke.

It's a well-made film with a Byzantine plot, plenty of red herrings, credible performances, three-dimensional characters, solid production values, a good chase scene, an effective climax and poetic justice for the villain.

Reviewed by kris-imants 2 / 10

A horrible script overshadows some good performances

Back in 1990 Jef Geeraerts wrote a book called Double-Face. I love that book. Jef died in 2015. I'm almost glad he never got to see how his excellent book about a serial-killer got butchered as badly as the victims in it.

This is the third outing of Koen De Bouw and Werner De Smedt as Vincke and Verstuyft and both are quite comfortable in their roles with especially De Smedt giving an excellent performance.

And that's where the good news ends: the female lead Sofie Hoflack gives one of the flattest performances of the year, there's no emotion, no depth, nothing. She seems to only have been cast for her willingness to do most of her scenes nude or partly nude. The sharp contrast with De Smedt, with whom she shares the majority of her scenes, is disconcerting.

The director, Jan Verheyen, knows his trade, he directed the previous one "Dossier K" as well, yet overdoes the aerial shots and fast cuts in such a way that it quickly becomes irritating. It is unfortunately also clear he wanted to emulate the American Way of making thrillers which simply doesn't fit a Belgian story. (There's a shoot-out near the end of the movie to illustrate that point perfectly).

The main problem however is the script. In the original book the killer is caught by accident quite early in the story and the rest of the book narrates the chilling interviews Vincke and Verstuyft have with the killer who suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia. It was meticulously researched by Geeraerts who even spend time at Quantico.

This script however threw all of that overboard for a messy whodunit which will have you screaming in frustration at the reveal as nothing makes sense: all the clues, all the twists, false leads and suspects are rendered useless by a ridiculous plot twist which disregards all the information we knew about the killer up to that point, there's no motive and no clear idea behind any of it. It is, by far, one of the worst plot-twists I've seen in the last couple of years with the sole purpose of having a "shocking" twist and not bothering to make a small bit of sense. Even the actions of De Smedts character after he finds out who the killer is are only there to go into an action scene with, again, a bunch of aerial shots and fast cuts. It is a complete mess of a story that puts the whole movie beyond saving.

Don't bother with this one. Rewatch De Zaak Alzheimer/Memory of a killer which is in every way a superior movie.

Reviewed by Tim Van den Branden 8 / 10

A decent and exciting crime-detective movie

This movie is one of the better Belgian crime movies I've seen so far. In the beginning the movie has its flaws with some unclear scenes or stereotypes, but the more you get involved in the murder case, the more clear it becomes how excellent the cinematography fits with some exciting action scenes. Towards the climax of the movie there are some very well directed action scenes and the movies becomes more tensive and the story as well proves to be more ingenious.

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