Frantic

1988

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 42531

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Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Walker
Roman Polanski as Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker
Emmanuelle Seigner as Michelle
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paid in full 5 / 10

Questionnable

The odds are against any film maker who tries to make a movie in a foreign country. The dialogue between the american and french characters is painful to watch. The story has potential and Mr. Polanski does a great job of not making the plot too obvious... There even are quite a few suspenseful scenes. It is a watchable movie and Emmanuelle is stunning throughout. It is a decent film to study. All this being said, I found that the movie lacked something. The soundtrack was quite poor in my opinion. The bad guys were not showcased enough...It's hard to put a finger on what really went wrong but it is missing a little something. The language barrier makes it even harder to follow the whole story, so it seems the story was dumbed down thus making it a bit boring. But again, Emmanuelle saves the movie. Enjoy

Reviewed by seymourblack-1 8 / 10

An Unconventional Mystery Thriller

When an American woman in Paris disappears in mysterious circumstances, the search that follows proves to be challenging and provides director Roman Polanski with the opportunity to suffuse the whole drama with the kind of tension and paranoia that he's so skilled at creating. His low key delivery of the action, generates strong feelings of suspicion and distrust about everything that happens and puts his audience firmly in the shoes of the movie's main protagonist who, as well as being ill-equipped for the task that he's taken on, also has to overcome numerous obstacles, frustrations and setbacks before being able to make any meaningful progress in his search to discover what's happened to his wife.

American doctor Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) who's scheduled to attend a medical convention in the city and his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley) arrive in Paris with the intention of combining business with pleasure and freshen up in their hotel room as they try to recover from being jet-lagged. A minor problem arises when they realize that Sondra had mistakenly picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport and they fully expect that a telephone call to TWA will enable the matter to be resolved. When Richard is subsequently taking a shower, Sondra disappears and the baffled doctor turns to the hotel manager and Head of Security for assistance but neither of these unconcerned-looking men is able to help. After meeting with the same kind of insouciance from U.S Embassy officials and the local police, Richard realizes that his only option is to carry out his own search.

Despite his inability to speak French, Richard manages to make some progress when he's informed by an unreliable-looking drinker at a nearby bar that two friends of his had seen a woman fitting Sondra's description being pushed into a car by a man in an adjacent alley and this information is given some credence when Richard finds his wife's identity bracelet close-by. An off-duty receptionist from his hotel also tells him that he'd seen Sondra leaving the hotel accompanied by a Middle Eastern man and this convinces Richard that his wife has been kidnapped. His biggest break comes when something he discovers in the case which Sondra had picked up, leads him to the discovery of a murdered drug dealer and a meeting with a young woman called Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner).

It transpires that the bubblegum-chewing, black leather clad, Michelle is a drug smuggler and it was her case that Sondra had picked up in error. Although she has no knowledge of what was in the case and doesn't care, the potential loss of the 10,000 francs that she was due to be paid for her work is a matter of great concern to her. For this reason, she readily teams up with Richard in his mission to find his wife and hopefully use the contents of the case to secure Sondra's release from her kidnappers.

The most striking features of this unconventional thriller are the ways in which its deliberate pacing is used to generate suspense and its lack of action sequences is used instead to emphasise the levels of desperation, fear and anxiety that Richard experiences during an investigation that takes him into the kinds of underworld locations and meetings with people who, in normal circumstances, he would make every effort to avoid. "Frantic" is also littered with Hitchcockian influences such as a MacGuffin, hazardous rooftop sequences and the presence of an ordinary guy who has to deal with some extraordinary challenges.

Musically, the inclusion of Grace Jones' "I've Seen That Face Before" is perfect because its haunting quality complements the atmosphere of the piece so well and also evokes the kind of sleaziness which Dr Walker encountered during his investigation.

Dr Richard Walker and his actions are consistently the main focus of this movie and for this reason, Harrison Ford's performance is pivotal to its success. The fact that his character is so normal and relatable makes him easy to empathize with and of course, very believable. Emmanuelle Seigner also adds some colour as the lively, streetwise, drug smuggler who is completely amoral and constantly motivated only by self-interest.

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Reviewed by moonspinner55 5 / 10

Good-looking Polanski thriller with unbelievable plot and characters

After his wife is kidnapped from their Paris hotel room soon after checking in, confused, distraught American doctor (Harrison Ford) finds himself plunged into a complex web involving Arab terrorists. Rather mild Hitchcockian suspense-thriller from director Roman Polanski, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Gerard Brach. Polanski sets up the pieces to this chess game awkwardly, with opening moments that don't convince (Ford and spouse Betty Buckley act more like brother and sister than a married couple). The pacing does pick up from there, despite the fact that Ford's character is seldom likable and is mainly just a plot device (the worried husband). Newcomer Emmanuelle Seigner (later Mrs. Polanksi) is tantalizing as a young woman who becomes involved, and her scenes with Ford give the picture a sexy shot in the arm. ** from ****

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