The Hessen Conspiracy

| February 6, 2011

I will admit that when I received the film The Hessen Conspiracy, I was very weary. I heard the film was based on real life events, which I can’t seem to find too much information on. Plus, this is a film that didn’t have a huge studio behind it, nor a giant budget, so I figured the film would come across forced, trying to be a period piece on an all but indie budget. I am very happy to say that I was wrong.
The story, for my taste, is mediocre. I wasn’t drawn in, and though the best part of the film was the first half, it wasn’t better by much. I feel like the fact that this might not be a true to life event may have played a role in story holes, and some 007 twists and turns.
The film follows Colonel Jack Durant, played masterfully by Billy Zane, and his love interest Lieutenant Kathleen Nash, played by Lyne Renee. Durant decides to hest a fortune of jewels from the Germans shortly after the end of WWII, and enlists the help of Nash. The only problem is, the two must find a buyer for such a risky score. The two make their way to New York with the treasure to find a fence, and escape the countless number of enemies they’ve made on their quest for riches.
Zane and Nash skillfully portray the feel of that era. Director Paul Breuls does an outstanding job making each scene feel like vintage American Film Noir. As I had stated, I was a huge fan of the movie as a whole, as I was expecting more of a James Bond type film, and what I got was a slow-at-times detailed account of something that may or may not have happened. But visually, the film was fantastic.
Giving credit to the director, I have to also extend a huge pat on the back to the writers Nicolas Meyer and Ronald Roose. They created dialogue that became it’s own character. The dialogue rolled off of Zane and Nash’s tongues, and I believed them, more so than I’ve believed anyone in any movie Kevin Williamson ever wrote, and he was considered amazing. The dialogue was sleek, and cool, with Zane seeming like he took no effort to say them. I don’t know if that is a testament to him, or the writing, but whichever, it was impressive.
If you want to see a visually impressive film, with hints of excitement, see this film. If you want to watch Billy Zane redeem himself as the douche bag from Titanic, see this film, cause he is excellent. If you want to watch the closest thing to the type of film one would say, “They just don’t make them like that anymore”, then see this film. It may not be a date film, or an action adventure done right, but it is better than I thought it would be.

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