Although the title says Frantic, this movie is hardly that. But, don’t get me wrong, it isn’t frantic in a good way. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner (his later muse), this movie is above all realistic and from that it draws real tension and feelings that invokes in the viewer. To younger generations, this might seem a bit slow-paced since Taken with similar theme was so fast, and they might be half-right, but this is a bit different take on the foreigner in Paris situation. Liam Neeson was kicking ass left and right in Taken, while Harrison Ford is a simple doctor who doesn’t know how to throw a punch (although he certainly doesn’t look like that). Toying with suspense and interesting camera angles Polanski created a highly atmospheric movie, capturing the Paris in its good and bad light. If pay attention in this movie is a formula for most of the thrillers nowadays. With amazing performances from Ford and Emmanuelle, Frantic is a must see. And one more thing, there’s no nudity or explicit scenes otherwise, quite strange but also, rewarding…

Dr. Richard Walker and his wife Sondra just landed at a Paris Airport to attend a medical conference. They take their luggage and go to their hotel to relax and maybe enjoy the French vibe if you know what I mean. As Richard enters the shower a phone rings and Sondra picks up the call. Moments later Richard realizes that his wife is not in their room. Calmly, he starts searching the hotel for her, but without any luck. And then the panic slowly starts to set in, as he realizes that he doesn’t speak French and his wife is missing in Paris…

Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Gérard Klein, Jacques Ciron

Fun Facts: Harrison Ford thought that “Frantic” was a misleading title for the film as the script didn’t have a frantic pace. He suggested that “Moderately Disturbed” would be a more appropriate title. Roman Polanski wasn’t amused.


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