The Statement

2003

Drama / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 23%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 36%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 5119

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Peter Wight as Inspector Cholet
Noam Jenkins as Michael Levy
John Neville as Old Man
Alan Bates as Armand Bertier
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Very good.

Pierre (Michael Caine) is a Nazi collaborator who has been in hiding for years. He was going to be executed for his deeds but had help escaping decades ago. Now, a judge and colonel are looking for him....as well as some Nazi hunters. But there are two things standing in their way...Pierre is a pretty deadly man and keeps killing Nazi hunters AND Pierre is still getting help from both members of the Catholic church AND government officials. Can they capture the man? And, can the judge and colonel get him to tell them WHO has been helping him?

Although Michael Caine is the star and he's good in the film, he's actually NOT featured all that prominently in the movie. Instead, it shows the various folks coming after him and explaining why...why folks would help a monster like him. Overall, it's a very interesting movie....with a tory that is quite satsifying. One complaint, however, is the lack of French actors in the film...and everyone is supposed to be French. Another is that the film is supposed to be set in the present day (2003) but I think it would have worked better having been set in the 1960s-80s. It's just hard to imagine a man as old a Pierre being such a tough character who's able to kill various Nazi hunters...it just didn't seem realistic as the crimes he committed occurred in 1944...and that would make his character about 80 (more or less) and I cannot imagine any 80 year-old being that dangerous when cornered.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

thriller with not enough tension

Magistrate Annemarie Livi (Tilda Swinton) is searching for former Vichy Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine). Colonel Roux (Jeremy Northam) is assigned on the case. A Jewish vigilante group is tracking Brossard but he is able to kill his pursuer. He is desperate to hide with the help of a diminishing group including certain supporters in the church. Back in 1943, Vichy leader Marshal Petain created the military force Milice to assist the Nazis.

This movie should be an action thriller with Jeremy Northam hunting down his prey Michael Caine. Northam doesn't have the charisma to lead and the movie is spread out with Swinton and Caine. Norman Jewison may not have it in him to direct a thriller. This is a random cat-and-mouse game that doesn't have enough tension.

Reviewed by rmax304823 6 / 10

An Old Man in a Dry Month.

Michael Caine plays a pathetic wretch who, 40 years ago, participated in the murder of seven Jews in France. Certain rogue elements within the Catholic Church have been hiding him, shuffling him from place to place, and another organization has been sending him money from time to time. I'm a little confused about the other organization. I think it may have been founded by his fellow executioners, also war criminals, but it wasn't easy to follow.

Caine is a marvelous actor, but this thoroughly dramatic role of a devout Frenchman, suffering from heart failure, tortured by guilt and constantly praying, is almost beyond him. He is forced to shoot two assassins sent after him by his fellow war criminals, and at those points the movie comes to life, so to speak.

So there are two conflicting interests in pursuit of him -- the police who want to put him in jail, and the assassins who want to kill him before he is caught and makes a deal with the gendarmes. The assassins get there first.

Caine is such a pitiful figure, stumbling about and asking for help when cornered, that one is reminded at times of much better films like "Odd Man Out" and "M". We more or less know from the beginning that no Vichy war criminal is going to escape and live happily ever after, so watching Caine huffing and puffing around on rooftops and constantly asking priests for absolution is painful. And repetitive too. Halfway through I began wishing the cops would get him -- or the assassins for that matter -- or that he would expire from an acute infraction of the myoculinary -- just to get it over with.

The Catholic church comes off pretty badly. The Vatican wants nothing to do with him. The monks who are his old friends are told to stop helping him. Except for his demons, no one is interested in him. His patron saint, he claims, is St. Christopher, whom I thought had been kicked out of the Pantheon years ago. If I'm right, then he's praying to a discredited saint. (Is this supposed to be symbolism?) It would have been spot on if he'd chosen St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, whose medallion I have so aptly clipped to the visor of my Ford.

At any rate, we don't see him do anything that could be construed as a reflection of his Nazi-tainted past. He's weak, old, and scared to death. (Come to think of it, he looks a little like Max von Sydow with his gray hair.) It's true that he threatens to kill his wife's dog if she doesn't put him up. And it's true that he offhandedly boots the dog out of the way when he gets underfoot. I hope that's not a crime worth being executed for.

Caine's performance is so weary and ridden with Angst that I kind of wished he'd get away to Quebec or somewhere. He was involved in those seven murders and should pay for it. At the same time his soul has been in jail for more than 40 years. His best bet, of course, would have been to give himself up to the police, confess openly to his crimes, and spend the rest of his life in jail. It's too easy for a priest to listen to him and say "Ego te absolvo, now go away." You commit a sin, you do penance for it.

I don't want to get into the moral implications any further because they're pretty muddled. I'm not really sure what the film's point of view is. Is it that the Catholic church is corrupt and anti-Semitic? Is it that repentant sinners deserve to be shot to death by criminals?

It's one of the lesser works by director Jewison, Michael Caine, and most of the other involved. The photography, of Provence, is nice. And the shrike-like woman detective is good too, all angular and sharp eyes. But it's a slow slog overall.

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