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Blu-ray Review: Aaron Eckhart And Olga Kurylenko Get Erased In THE EXPATRIATE - Movies In Focus
The Expatriate is an odd amalgamation of 90s thriller and 00s Bourne-style actioner. Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko star in this entertaining thriller and it’s something of a shame that this will bypass the wider audience and go straight to Blu-ray. Eckhart plays Ben Logan, a widowed former CIA agent working in Belgium as a private security consultant. Logan is finding it difficult balancing his new job with bringing up his estranged teenage daughter ( Liana Liberato), who blames him for the upheaval in her life. One day Logan goes to work to discover that his office no longer exists, his work colleagues are dead and a CIA hit squad is after him. Philipp Stölzl’s film doesn’t break new ground in the action-thriller genre, but what makes The Expatriate work is its old fashioned quality. Three Days Of The Condor is name-checked in the special features and this film has that same low key quality (albeit tarted up for this techno age). The Expatriate doesn’t try and offer CGI and big explosions – there’s action, but it’s not spectacle. Think of it as an acoustic version of Taken, more about suspense than broken bones. Eckhart is a great lead and [...]