The Memory of a Killer

Rated R 2005

If it weren't spoken mostly in Flemish, this film would be easy to mistake for a Hollywood thriller. The story of a hit man with a conscience (Jan Decleir) and the cop who's always a step or two behind him (Koen De Bouw) as they pursue the same villains, it's full of familiar reference points, including the John Woo cliche of pigeons flying in slow motion. No surprise, then, that Focus Features is set to remake it. The movie in general is too long (over two hours), and the closest it gets to a big action sequence is actually rather tedious and could easily have been trimmed. Still, director Erik Van Looy gets off some powerfully memorable moments. If you're one of those people who complained that Memento could just as well have been told in chronological order, The Memory of a Killer may be your cup of tea.

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