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The Walker (2007)

Director:
Paul Schrader

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Walker

RUNNING TIME
107 minutes

Producer:
Deepak Nayar

Screenwriter (based on the novel by Russell Banks):
Paul Schrader


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Carter Page III Woody Harrelson
Lynn Lockner Kristin Scott Thomas
Natalie Van Miter Lauren Bacall
Jack Delorean Ned Beatty -
Emek Yoglu Moritz Bleibtreu
Chrissie Morgan Mary Beth Hurt -
Abigail Delorean Lily Tomlin
Senator Larry Lockner Willem Dafoe -
Mungo Tenant William Hope -

 

Review

Paul Schrader demonstrates his talents as a screenwriter in the first half of The Walker, when he creates a solid backdrop for a dissection of backroom politics and power-struggles in Washington D.C. It's just that the ensuing crime twist is rather slight, and Schrader doesn't really have anything to say, although aficionados may enjoy the fact that the film is a thematical sequel of sorts to American Gigolo. The movie's best asset is the character portrait of Carter Page III, with Woody Harrelson delivering another fine, multi-faceted performance, despite reportedly not getting along with Schrader. Harrelson's circle of socialite friends includes a number of fine ageing actresses, not least Lauren Bacall, who easily has the film's best line when she quips "Memory is a very unreliable organ. Its right up there with the penis".

Copyright 23.09.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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