Following a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy businessman and his family. During a lavish party at their luxurious villa in the French Riviera, Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Diane Kruger) and their child. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, Vincent battles his own paranoia whilst clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.
- Disorder review by Alphaville
This poorly realised thriller is little more than a character study in which very little happens at a funereal pace. Bodyguard Matthias Schoenaerts, a soldier suffering from PTSD, is assigned to protect Diane Kruger and her son. We follow him closely as he goes about his business. Very closely. His head looms large in every shot. It’s a bodyguard procedural. Nothing happens until half-way through the film, and then only briefly, after which everything grinds to a halt again. Schoenaerts’ PTSD is barely relevant and his relationship with Kruger is poorly sketched. There are moments of tension, as signalled by the soundtrack, but nowhere near enough to elicit much interest.
I give this film one star for making a stab at showing the effects of modern warfare on the ordinary soldier, but in every other respect it is a complete clunker, extremely dull, lacking believable situations or characters, and wholly pointless. At the end I wondered why I had bothered.