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Papillon will have you feeling some type of way . It’s phenomenal, the acting , dialogue , everything . You truly see what it’s like for
I have never been for annoyed or frustrated with a character as I was with Dega in this film. Very slow and really no action.
Mr. Malek gives an eccentric performance, but he won’t make anyone forget Dustin Hoffman, whose original Dega was an endearing coward, a fatalist and a masterpiece.
The remake of Papillon doesn’t lack for potential metaphorical riches, yet this brutal, bruising film never quite connects with its deeper themes, resulting in a story full of suffering but not enough transcendence.
There’s no real voice in the storytelling, nothing distinctive about the imagery, if it’s not a doubling up on the violence and gore, and the result doesn’t remotely resonate in the same way.
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Charlie Hunnam stars as Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a Parisian safecracker who is framed for murder and exiled to the brutal and remote Devil’s Island penal colony. Of course, that doesn’t mean Papillon has any intention of staying put there indefinitely. So when he meets the wealthy counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), he sees it as an opportunity and strikes a deal: Papillon will protect Dega, if Dega finances his plan to escape. From there a dangerous adventure filled with hard labor, high seas and solitary confinements unfolds, based on Charrière’s own bestselling autobiographies.
- Charlie Hunnam
- Rami Malek
- Tommy Flanagan
- Eve Hewson
- Roland Møller
- Michael Socha
- Brian Vernel
- Christopher Fairbank
- Yorick van Wageningen
- Nina Senicar
Did You Know?
- Based on a mostly true story: Papillon was adapted from a memoir written by Charri?re first released in France back in 1969.
- After their first night at the prison, Dega has a large bite on his arm. Several scenes later his arm is clear, the next scene the bite is seen again.
- Louis Dega: Now what's the son of two school teachers doing in a place like this?