Disorder, film review: This art-house version of Die Hard makes no sense

(15) Alice Winocur, 98 mins. Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy

Geoffrey Macnab@TheIndyFilm
Friday 25 March 2016 00:34
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Matthias Schoenaerts plays a man suffering from PTSD in 'Disorder'
Matthias Schoenaerts plays a man suffering from PTSD in 'Disorder'

As a mood piece, Disorder works well enough. As a thriller, it makes no sense whatsoever. Schoenaerts plays Vincent, a very hunky ex-special services soldier, suffering from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Needing money, he takes a job as part of the security team for a wealthy Lebanese arms dealer. When the dealer goes off on a trip, he is left to guard the man's beautiful wife Jessie (Diane Kruger).

For reasons that aren't ever really explained, lots of hitmen seem to be after her. At times, it looks as if the film is going to turn into a modern variation on Lady Chatterley's Lover with Vincent taking the gamekeeper's role.

However, writer-director Winocur is determined to make what is essentially an art-house version of Die Hard. The action sequences, like everything else in the film, are extremely stylishly shot but there is so much posturing going on that the film is utterly shorn of drama or tension.

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