Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tell No One: Movie Review


A thriller where every detail is presented, explored and explained.

A slowly-paced thriller, “Tell No One” tells us everything we need to know. And I mean everything. No potential detour is left unexplored. Eight years after his wife’s death, Alex (François Cluzet) is still picking up the pieces of his life and the pieces of her murder. This film has a great mix of background information, action, plot twists, and enough thought to piece it all together. 2006

Directed by: Guillaume Canet

Screenplay by: Guillaume Canet and Philippe Lefebvre
Based on the novel by Harlan Coben

Starring: François Cluzet

There are murders committed eight years ago, current murders and possible murders if things don’t get straightened out quickly. Alex finds that he’s at the center of it all as a perennial suspect. Why? Because when a wife is killed, it’s always the husband. There are bad guys who want to kill him, bad guys who want to frame him, bad guys who want to save him, cops who are convinced it’s him, but then there’s always a good cop who just wants the truth.

The truth is an interesting concept in this film. There are so many bits of information presented that we need explained and at no point during the course of the film will we actually be able to put it all together accurately. Although I probably shouldn’t speak for anybody but myself. I wasn’t able to piece it together because I was thinking in terms of regular thrillers. But the “truth”, or running narrative to the whole thing is something that’s usually only found in dramas.

The number of details created and solved is impressive. Every seemingly insignificant scene is there for a reason and every loose thread is tied up (in an awfully bulky ball of yarn). I probably could have done with one less thread. As I mentioned in my review of Guillaume Canet’s current film “Little White Lies,” he has a problem with getting to the point quickly. The point here takes over two hours to arrive at.

Good luck at reciting the whole film after it’s finished, or unraveling all the crimes that occur, but “Tell No One” is a thriller that you will want to think your way through and Guillaume Canet is a filmmaker that you will want to be introduced to.


Little White Lies (2010) - An emotionally-charged dramedy of friends dealing with a tragedy.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) - A stark thriller with impressive details to the characters.