The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (Largo Winch)
Release Year: 2008
Director: Jérôme Salle
Writers: Jérôme Salle (screenplay), Julien Rappeneau (screenplay), Jean Van Hamme (comic), Philippe Franc (comic)
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Predrag Manojlovic, Mélanie Thierry, Gilbert Melki, Karel Roden, Steven Waddington, Anne Consigny
The billionaire head of a powerful company is murdered and his adopted son, Largo Winch (Tomer Sisley), finds himself in a race against time to prove his legitimacy before his father’s killer get to him and take over the company.
Sometimes, European action thrillers feel fresh and different, other times they overreach and fall back on clichées. Unfortunately, Largo Winch belongs in the latter category. Its villain even has a scar, a sinister henchman, a double-crossing blonde on his arm, and even utters the phrase “I am the villain of this story”. I mean, come on! The action sequences are satisfying, but nothing special and more often than not confusing to follow. Still it has a bit of mystery, a decent enough plot twist, high pace, and an emotional undercurrent. If you can ignore the completely needless sex-scenes there is a decent enough euro-thriller here with another sharp-as-steel performance from the versatile Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives, 2013).
In the fight scene between Largo Winch (Tomer Sisley) and the Brazilian militia, the famous stock sound effect known as the “Wilhelm scream” is used.
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