Saturday, 26 April 2014

"The Informant" (The Guardian 25/04/14)

The Informant **
Dir: Julien Leclercq. With: Gilles Lellouche, Tahar Rahim, Riccardo Scamarcio. 116 mins. Cert: 15

France’s Julien Leclercq specialises in meat-and-potatoes thrillers based on true events: 2010’s hijack saga The Assault was broadly functional, but this tale of shady dealings in late 1980s Gibraltar feels underpowered. The script, by A Prophet’s Abdel Raoul Dafri, smartly outlines how debt-laden publican Gilles Lellouche removes himself from one hole by snitching for French customs, only to face another dug by Italian traffickers. Nothing much distinguishes the twitchy confabs that follow, however: Tahar Rahim is wasted in a dull desk-jockey role, while Lellouche looks more concerned than we ever become. Some shonky British accents among the smugglers won’t help its chances in these waters. 

The Informant is now showing in selected cinemas.

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