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Movie Review: On the Run (Trilogy, Part 1)

Alternate Title: The Fugitive Meets Touching the Void

Story: Belgium director and star of his own film, Lucas Belvaux took the 2003 Best Film Honors in France for this trilogy of which On the Run is the first. The following two parts will be released in the next two weeks. And yes...I have committed to see all three.On the Run is a seriously flawed film but I found myself intrigued enough to commit to see the next two. (I cannot say as much for my movie buddy.)

In the gripping opening segment, Bruno LeRoux escapes from a French prison after serving 15 years of a 30 year sentence for terrorism, anarchy and crimes against the state. Time has stood still for Bruno while he was incarcerated and he is determined to continue his acts of terror, protect the proletariat against the oppressors and seek revenge against those who wronged him before he ultimately hopes to escape to Italy.

To say that there is an economy of dialogue would be an enormous understatement. At one point I said to my buddy that it was almost a silent film. It is a mood piece in the noir genre. The actors are not cookie cutter Hollywood types and are totally believable - yet not particularly sympathetic.

There are chasm sized plot holes but once I left the theater those nit picky things did not seem very important.

This film is not for everyone. It is head scratching, very French, violent and leaves many questions unanswered. I am hoping some of these dangling questions will be addressed in the next two parts.

Acting: Lucas Belvaux as Bruno was charming in a psychopathic manner. All of the supporting ensemble cast were on target in their roles.

Predilection: None.

Critters: A unseen barking dog.

Food: For a French film there was also an economy of good eats. I guess being On the Run does not allow for a lot of gourmet meals to be prepared, served or eaten.

Blatant Product Placement: None.

Soundtrack: Wonderful.

Opening Titles: White type on as black background.

Theater Audience: A handful of folk.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: I had no idea what was going to happen.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No (but what do I know)?

Nit Picking: The plot holes were enormous but I let them go.

Big Screen or Rental: You are either a committed fan or not. So...who can say? Trilogies are not a new thing. Lord of the Rings is still with us, Godfather, Parts (too many), etc, etc.

Length: Under two hours.