Based on Henri Charriere’s autobiography, Papillon is a remake of an original feature released in 1973. Papillon (Charlie Hunnam) is a thief who’s sent to life imprisonment after being framed for murder. He’s sent to a prison in a remote island from where it is almost impossible to escape. In the prison he befriends fellow inmate Louis Dega (Rami Malek). When he comes to know that Louis Dega is rich, Paillon strikes a deal with him. It’s decided that Papillon will protect him in the prison and in return, will take funds to escape the prison.
The film’s story is pretty decent but the screenplay never lives up to it. It becomes repetitive after a point. To put it bluntly, it’s a drag and mostly boring. After it ends, you just feel nonchalant. Some scenes, like the one in which a prisoner is beheaded, are too graphic. It’s not that it’s completely unwatchable. It tells you a lot about the human spirit and determination.
The performances make it bearable. Charlie Hunnam gets into the skin of the character perfectly. Rami Malek delivers a fantastic performance.
Overall the film is pretty average at best. We give it 2 stars with no kink.
Direction: Michael Noer Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek Papillon just seems to go on and on without any sort of significant impact. Based ...2.0