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A retirement-home resident (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer) sets out to exact vengeance on the man who murdered his family seven decades earlier.

"...the latest Atom Egoyan film stars Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer as a retiree who flees his nursing home to complete a secret mission some seventy years in the making — so long as he can remember his goal... Zev (Plummer) suffers from memory loss and has been forgetting more and more of late. That's why Max (Oscar winner Martin Landau) has scrupulously written down instructions for every step of the journey Zev has agreed to take, a journey that will take Zev to various cities across the US and Canada in search of a man named Rudy Kolander." (Toronto International Film Festival)

Winner of the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Young Jury Award (Egoyan), 2015 Venice Film Festival.
2015Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language94 minsCanada, Germany
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

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At once coolly analytical and humanistic, Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s masterful earlier films, such as Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, made him one of the most critically-loved presences of the ‘90s festival circuit. However, the quality of output has, rather curiously, taken a turn for the tawdry of late, resulting in misfiring DTV thrillers like Where the Truth Lies and Chloe.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Despite Christopher Plummer's poignant lead performance, Atom Egoyan fails to find form in this Nazi-tracking mystery.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Egoyan works hard to steer the premise away from crassness – and in Plummer, he’s blessed with a lead actor who can express Zev’s interior struggle with delicacy and dignified understatement.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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Yes, this type of role has become a sort of must-have accessory in an older actor's kit bag, but Mr. Plummer is never less than convincing.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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The inept script... makes for a perfect bedfellow with Egoyan’s flat TV movie direction and an overwrought score that sounds like a drunk impression of Bernard Herrmann.

1.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

A strong supporting cast also does good work, and the film -- as is the case of all Egoyan's films -- is made with smooth professionalism. It's a pity that it increasingly strays into the direction of almost laughable improbability.

The Age

The Age

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The performance by Plummer, now in his mid-80s, amounts to a masterclass on how to use one's actual physical limitations to advantage.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A clever and admirable film.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

If you didn't know better, you might think it was a tasteless spoof.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Plummer, half-a-century after outsmarting the Nazis in "The Sound of Music," manages to further hone his reliably persuasive presence.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Continuing the sad slump in Atom Egoyan's career after last year's The Captive, this plodding new drama is perhaps a shade or two less risible.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A marvellous film.

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

At once coolly analytical and humanistic, Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s masterful earlier films, such as Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, made him one of the most critically-loved presences of the ‘90s festival circuit. However, the quality of output has, rather curiously, taken a turn for the tawdry of late, resulting in misfiring DTV thrillers like Where the Truth Lies and Chloe.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Despite Christopher Plummer's poignant lead performance, Atom Egoyan fails to find form in this Nazi-tracking mystery.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Egoyan works hard to steer the premise away from crassness – and in Plummer, he’s blessed with a lead actor who can express Zev’s interior struggle with delicacy and dignified understatement.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Yes, this type of role has become a sort of must-have accessory in an older actor's kit bag, but Mr. Plummer is never less than convincing.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The inept script... makes for a perfect bedfellow with Egoyan’s flat TV movie direction and an overwrought score that sounds like a drunk impression of Bernard Herrmann.

1.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

A strong supporting cast also does good work, and the film -- as is the case of all Egoyan's films -- is made with smooth professionalism. It's a pity that it increasingly strays into the direction of almost laughable improbability.

The Age

The Age

press

The performance by Plummer, now in his mid-80s, amounts to a masterclass on how to use one's actual physical limitations to advantage.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A clever and admirable film.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

If you didn't know better, you might think it was a tasteless spoof.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Plummer, half-a-century after outsmarting the Nazis in "The Sound of Music," manages to further hone his reliably persuasive presence.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Continuing the sad slump in Atom Egoyan's career after last year's The Captive, this plodding new drama is perhaps a shade or two less risible.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A marvellous film.