Movie Review: Frantic

This 1988 movie stars  Harrison Ford as a doctor who attends a medical conference in Paris accompanied by his wife. They arrive at the hotel, tired from the trip. They call the kids at home in San Francisco. They banter, get lovey-dovey, and she takes a shower and orders room service. He takes a shower. We see her receiving a phone call by the bed, try to say something to him in the shower, which he does not hear, before she steps out of view.

When he gets out of the shower, she is gone. Completely disappeared. He does not speak the language, and the arrogant French are not much help. He is left hopeless and helpless, trying to find his wife.

This is a thinking thriller and although the movie is 22 years old (yes, before cell phones), it is still timeless. If you have not seen it, it’s worth picking it up. It’s a bit reminiscent of Taken, featuring bad guys in France with a helpless American at their mercy. This is better and more realistic, though, since  not everybody in France responds to the good doctor in fluent, albeit French accented, English.

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