The Statement (2003)

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A Nazi war criminal is hunted by a pair of investigators seeking justice for the crimes he committed both during World War 2 and since.

I was initially hooked by this film, both by the great opening scene in which Michael Caine coldly disposes of a supposed Jewish vigilante and it’s promise of historical and political intrigue. Unfortunately it never quite lives up to expectation, the potential in the story line never coming to fruition. It merely scrapes the surface of the historical aspect of the story and many of the supporting characters are wasted in superficially realised roles. The fact that the picture postcard scenery is the only thing remotely French about the whole affair did not help, most roles filled by Brits with very British accents. But it’s always good to see Caine playing these rare but always watchable unsympathetic characters and I found myself wishing we saw more of him and less of the dreary duo in pursuit.

On the whole, a missed opportunity.

4/10

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