Magazine article Screen International

The Expatriate

Magazine article Screen International

The Expatriate

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Dir: Philipp Stolzl. US. 2012. 100mins

As an attempt to deliver an action-adventure blend of the Taken films and the Bourne series, the Euro-set thriller The Expatriate offers-up plenty of fist-fights and gunplay, and while Aaron Eckhart convinces as the concerned father with (yes) a special "skillset" out to take on a deadly conspiracy, the film lacks the budget and epic action sequences to make it a must-see adventure film.

Eckhart gets to partake in a couple of nicely staged fight scenes.

Where the film works best is with its rather old-fashioned and complex conspiracy plot set against the backdrop of a series of cities in Belgium, and while Eckhart might lack some conviction when it comes to the fist-fights he has the gravitas and innate intelligence to work well as a former CIA-man trying to unravel a deadly plot that links big business with the intelligence community.

The film, which has opened in a series of international territories, opens in the UK theatrically in March and has a limited run - where it will be titled Erased - in the US in May.

Former CIA-man Ben Logan (Eckhart) is working in Belgium for an international company that is working on breaking into its own security equipment, but after a night at hospital with his daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) he arrives to work to find his co-workers dead and all of the office equipment stripped away.

With killers on their trail the pair head to Brussels to try and get to the bottom on the deadly conspiracy, which seems to have links back to his former CIA handler Anna Brandt (a rather underused Olga Kurylenko). …

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