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Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq

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A movie directed by Pitof

Paris. 1830. When the infamous detective Vidocq disappears in the middle of a busy city, nobody can explain the abduction. His archenemy, the Alchemist, the assassin Vidocq has been tracking, is the prime suspect. However, as the police continue to come … see full wiki

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Director: Pitof
1 review about Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq

Sci-Fi + Fantasy + Mystery with a French twist

  • Oct 1, 2007
One of the pluses of the huge explosion of video stores is the sudden availability of foreign films. Many have great storylines and good dialogue, but with poor special effects, lackluster soundtracks and plain cinematography that comes with low budgets, they often compare poorly with Hollywood productions, especially in the category of science fiction, fantasy and action movies. But the 21st century has brought cheap computers and global outsourcing to the rescue, and now many foreign movies are just as good as those from Hollywood. This is one of them. This French production hit US video stores earlier this year and is very well done. At its surface, this is a crime mystery, but the mystery itself is built on elements of fantasy and science fiction. Being a French production and starring an all French-cast; sexual themes are part of the story, though there is never a scene of sexual contact or nudity in the entire movie. The visual imagery is dark and sepia-toned, reminding the careful viewer of 300 or other CGI-heavy movies. The special effects are great and very realistic, and the dialogue is good, even if one has to read English subtitles. The movie is rated R for many good reasons, and I would not recommend kids to watch it, even with their parents. But overall, a great flick.

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