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Friday Film: “Faces in the Crowd”

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great time these past few days and I also hope that you are ready for another journey to some old movies and, once in a while, for some new ones. Having closed the previous year with a comedy movie, this time I am back to my regular self and have one of my many favorite mystery films that I am sure you will love.

Dating back to 2011, “Faces in the Crowd” is Julien Magnat’s thriller film. This is actually his second attempt in directing a regular long-length movie after “Bloody Mallory”. In fact, he became known and attracted international attention in 2000 with his short film “The All-New Adventures of Chastity Blade” which got him an Academy Award Nomination in 2001. In this movie, he tried something different and succeeded in getting praised for his novel and inventive premise.

Anna Marchant (Milla Jovovich,  Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers, The Fourth Kind) is on her way to meet her boyfriend Bryce (Michael Shanks,  Stargate: Continuum, Elysium) when she is suddenly attacked by an infamous serial-killer. The brutal attack puts her in a coma from which she wakes up and learns that she is now suffering from “face-blindness” that makes her unable to recognize the faces of even the people she already knows. Working with detective Sam Kerrest (Julian McMahon,  Fantastic Four, Nip/Tuck, Premonition) she will try to remember who her attacker was because she is the only person who has seen his face.

“Faces in the Crowd” is the kind of film which its unique content makes it approachable to viewers and hard to let go. Attempting to remember a face you have seen before while having this kind of weird disorder is not only intriguing but also the type of mystery that keeps you on pins and needles, anxious to really know who the killer was. Actually, had it not been for this standout element Julien Magnat put in this storyline, this movie would have been doomed to be like every other mystery film, lacking originality and sentencing it to get undermined. Moreover, the way in which the story connects all the pieces together makes it easy to keep up without letting you get bored or lose your interest.

As a second awesome element of this amazing mystery film is the astounding performance of the two main actors. It is not even remotely absurd that Milla Jovovich got most of the praise this movie got on the whole. Her impressive ability to comprehend and adapt to such a peculiar role is the main reason why this film is among the excellent ones of its kind. Adding to that, the interactions between her and Julian McMahon keep this movie to the exact level in which the viewer can sympathize and eventually bond with their characters and the story.

“Faces in the Crowd” is the perfect mystery film with which you should start this year. Get your friends and enjoy this amazing movie this weekend and, if you are among the ones who have already watched it, it is always a good time to re-watch this one and you know it.

I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.


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