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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

My rating: ***
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Although the film starts off in a gripping and exciting way, the shaky hand held camera and super fast editing are even more in evidence than in the previous film and soon started to give me a headache. These stylistic elements constantly draw attention to themselves at the expense of the film’s content. To add to this, the desire to achieve ever more spectacular stunts and car chases in exotic climes has finally taken front seat to the character elements. Unlike the first two films, there are few reflective and slow scenes which give us a chance to really observe the characters. I never thought I would say this about a film, but the love story – and the excellent Franca Potente – gives a balance to the first and second films which is lacking in the third.

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