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The Last Deadly Mission (2008)

MR 73 (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 March 2008 (France)
A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.

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Louis Schneider
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Justine Maxence
Catherine Marchal ...
Marie Angéli
Francis Renaud ...
Kovalski
Gérald Laroche ...
Georges Matéo
Guy Lecluyse ...
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Charles Subra
Clément Michu ...
Émile Maxence
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Ringwald
Christian Mazucchini ...
Roques (as Christian Mazzuchini)
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Blandine
Maxim Nucci ...
Richard
Christine Chansou ...
Mathilde Schneider
Mireille Viti ...
Madame Renoir
Camille Ramos ...
Fille Matéo
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In Marseilles, the discredited and alcoholic Detective Schneider hijacks a bus and forces the bus driver with a gun to drive him home. He is arrested by the swat force and his washed up career in the police department practically ends. Schneider is removed from the investigation of a serial-killer that is committing hideous crimes against women and assigned to a bureaucratic work in the night-shift in the precinct. Through glimpses from his recollections, Schneider recalls the tragic accident that killed his daughter and left his wife attached to a life support system. Meanwhile, the sick criminal Charles Subra, who killed the parents of two girls many years ago, convinces the probation committee in the prison that he has found God and is regenerated and may be released. Justine, one of the daughters that survived, has never overcome the trauma of her loss and is worried with the possibility of the freedom of the criminal. When Schneider discovers the identity of the serial-killer, he... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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La psychologue: You drank, this morning?
[pause]
La psychologue: you won't answer?
Schneider: You can leave if you want.
La psychologue: You're not to blame, Mr. Schneider. You were just in the wrong place.
Schneider: No, I never should've been there.
La psychologue: Meaning?
Schneider: I don't want to discuss it.
La psychologue: What will you discuss?
Schneider: You believe in God, doctor?
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Alcoholic Daniel Auteuil tracks one serial killer and thwarts another
7 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MR 73 is the name of a pistol. "The Last Deadly Mission" describes the action in which this pistol is used.

This movie enters into Joseph Wambaugh territory. Wambaugh was a policeman in Los Angeles, becoming a detective sergeant. He wrote books and screenplays with realistic accounts of police lives and doings, including themes of alcoholism, brutality and corruption, and he became very critical of police and city government.

Many movies and TV shows have now entered this territory, and it has become a genre. It becomes more difficult to create something original and not retread old themes and material.

Director Olivier Marchal, also a former cop, has woven two stories together in Wambaugh style. Auteuil thoroughly inhabits the role of an alcoholic cop who lives for his job, but whose alcoholism has resulted in demotion to the night time complaints desk, away from his ace detective work. That doesn't stop him from still working days with his old pals to track down a serial killer. And the early release of a former killer from a life sentence gets him involved in protecting the pregnant daughter of a victim of this killer. We have two stories going at once.

Auteuil is a terrific actor. He's my main reason for watching these movies of Olivier Marchal, and he holds this one together. The first half that focuses on his alcoholism and degraded state are cohesive and convincing. That part also works into his antagonism with another cop, Kovalski, played by Francis Renaud, who does a lot without much dialog. He's bedding a rather cowardly cop played by Catherine Marchal, and Auteuil is jealous.

The department covers up matters concerning the serial killer, leading to Auteuil's being ousted from the force, at which point story #2 cuts in, and that leads to the last deadly mission.

Now, although the movie is reasonably entertaining and has some decent events, dialog and scenes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. It ends up being average or even below par. It has its share of implausible actions, but the major problems are in story construction and weak characterizations, and these two problem areas are linked with one another. Although the themes of corruption, suppressing evidence, protecting the department, protecting higher-ups, criminal brutality are all addressed realistically, the characters and story that reveal these matters lack cohesiveness, depth and conviction. I think that Olivier Marchal has not conquered one of the basics of his art, which is building a convincing story with convincing characters in plausible situations that engage us.

Director Marchal has had several opportunities to express his talent in creating cinematic art, and I think he is reaching for it, so far without achieving the breakthrough that one finds in the work of great directors. He needs to focus more, be bolder, develop his characters more, and engage his audiences more. His situations seem too much concocted and not flowing from the characters and their motivations.


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