Chrysalis kicks into hight gear right from the get go with a running shoot out through dark corridors. The bullets whizzing past have the visual and audible quality of a video game, whilst the sharp scene cutting and interspersed title sequence movies along at a frantic pace you begin think that your brain might just explode.
Once the opening scenes are out of the way, Chrysalis settles down into more of a tightly paced action/drama, with some dark themes, brutal violence and a futuristic conspiracy.
The flim focuses on a no holds barred police officer, Hoffman, and his pursuit for the criminal who killed his wife, as well as a doctor trying to rehabilitate her daughter through cutting edge memory replacement technology.
These two storylines however are destined to slide into a collision course as under the surface, nothing is, as it seems.
Visually, Chrysalis is very muted. It’s almost black and white with subtle hues of colour thrown in. It’s as if the director was trying to warn us of the bleak future that awaits humanity. Whilst this visual style is jarring at first, it doesn’t take long for your brain to adjust to the restrained pallet, and once it does you realise that visually everything is this future Parisian society is minimalist in it’s approach. Though a couple of scenes show us that Hoffman is old school, and knows how to get thing done.
Over all there is nothing to complain about this film, the French once again show us that they know a thing or two when it comes to producing fine tuned movie experiences.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and offensive language.
Released on: April 16th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2007
Stars: Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard, Marthe Keller, Mélanie Thierry, Claude Perron, Alain Figlarz, Smadi Wolfman, Patrick Bauchau, Guy Lecluyse, Cyril Lecomte, Francis Renaud, Manon Chevallier, Estelle Lefébure
Length (Minutes): 94
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Director: Leclercq, Julien