• Papillon (2018)


Release Date: August 24th, 2018

R |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

The epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Møller, Nina Senicar, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Christopher Fairbank, Brian Vernel

Director: Michael Noer

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Ram Bergman Productions, FishCorb Films, Czech Anglo Productions, Red Granite Pictures

Keywords: Friend , 1940s , Tense , Quest , Suspenseful , Prison , 1930s , Escape ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    There’s no real voice in the storytelling, nothing distinctive about the imagery, if it’s not a doubling up on the violence and gore, and the result doesn’t remotely resonate in the same way. show more

  • 50
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    The remake of Papillon doesn’t lack for potential metaphorical riches, yet this brutal, bruising film never quite connects with its deeper themes, resulting in a story full of suffering but not enough transcendence. show more

  • 60
    Charles BramescoThe Guardian

    Hunnam and Malek both hold up their end of the deal. Noer, for his part, meets them halfway by conjuring golden-hued beauty for the jungle surroundings and a due griminess for the danker chambers of their holding compound. He doesn’t overcomplicate things for himself, keeping the clunky dialogue to a minimum and focusing on the guiding light of Papi’s indomitable willpower. show more

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