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The Memory of a Killer

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: August 19, 2005 (Limited)

    Based on a novel by celebrated Flemish crime writer Jef Geeraerts, MEMORY OF A KILLER concerns aging but ruthless hit man Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir, CHARACTER), who is succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer's, but agrees to pull off one final job. Ledda arrives in Belgium with two targets on his list, and has no problem wiping out the first victim, who happens to be a government official. But when he discovers that the other is a 12-year-old girl, he refuses to complete the mission. Ledda's boss, Gilles (Patrick Descamps), finishes the job and attempts to kill Ledda as well, but the ailing hitman executes Gilles first. Slick young detectives Vincke (Koen De Bouw) and Verstuyft (Werner De Smedt) are assigned to the case, but it gets more difficult to unravel as Ledda goes on a rampage, taking out everyone connected to the botched job. His affliction makes him even more of a loose cannon, taking him to the heart of a web of corruption.

    MEMORY OF A KILLER was a huge box office success in its native Belgium and was also that country's submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2004. These distinctions are well deserved, and the film is as slick and accomplished as any Hollywood effort. High-tech and violent, director Eric Van Looy's movie garners an impressively edgy performance from Decleir.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12657

  • Credits
    Jan Decleir, Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Patrick Descam
  • Critic Reviews
    "[Decleir plays] Ledda with burning eyes and a dog-of-hell scowl reminiscent of the later DeNiro."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Ledda's dilemma and Mr. Decleir's exceptionally fine performance give THE MEMORY OF A KILLER its twinned points of interest."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 4 -- "MEMORY is an immensely satisfying thriller..."

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