Literally the only reason I went to see this was because I love Rami Malek. So while my MoviePass is still functional at Landmark, there was no reason not to go see it. Turns out, there was more reason not to see it than reason to go see it.

This remake of the Steve McQueen/Dustin Hoffman drama, stars Charlie Hunnam/Rami Malek as prisoners on a particularly viscous penal colony. From day 1, Hunnam’s Papillon has his sights set on escape, and he enlists Malek’s Degas as an accomplice. Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done.

A lot duller said than done too. I was bored throughout most of the movie. It looked great, and the performances were good, but the story was way too simplistic for me. I’m sure there are some subtle complexities I was missing, but they were lost on me at the time. All I could focus on was the straightforward story that wasn’t going anywhere exciting. For a 2+ hour movie, that’s so not enough for me. I don’t know why this movie needed to be remade.

Papillon – \m/ \n

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