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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  108 minutes, digital comic of largo Winch #1 (The Heir), making-of featurette, theatrical trailer
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreeen)
AUDIO:  French and English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  English
STUDIO:  Music Box Films/ Pan-Europeenne/ Wild Bunch/ TF1 Films/ Canal+/ Cinecinema/ Casa Productions
RELEASE DATE:  3-27-2012

Billionaire financier Nerio Winch, head of the W Group, is murdered.  His second-in-command (Kristin Scott Thomas) must find his unknown heir, Largo (Tomer Sisley), as the W Group is under attack from a hostile takeover from a former arms dealer.   Largo faces drug traffickers, hostile Third World policeman, corporate raiders, and assassins as he races to get the shares from a secret hiding place that proves Largo is Nerio's adopted son and rightful heir.  

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is a fast paced corporate action thriller.   The story is fast paced as it switches back and forth from the present day to various points in Largo's past.  The film is based on a Danish graphic novel series and the movie is probably the first introduction to people who never heard of the comic book character Largo Winch (I have never heard of him before now).  This is the first movie in a series and it is full of twists and turns. Tomer Sisley holds your attention as a character who doesn't want to heir to an empire.  Responsibility is thrust on him.   I think of Largo as a reluctant Bruce Wayne without the Batman and more like a Bourne type of action hero.   I can't wait until the sequel, Largo Winch 2: The Burma Conspiracy aka Largo Winch: Ultimatum (which co-stars Sharon Stone), is released in the USA.

The extras include a theatrical trailer, a 25 minute behind-the-scenes Making-Of featurette, and a digital comic version of LARGO WINCH: THE HEIR #1 (which would have worked better if one could download it off the disc as a PDF or a digital comic download because it is a little awkward trying to read the comic on the disc).

FINAL ANALYSIS:   Don't let the multi-lingual nature of THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH throw you off (the movie included on the disc is a mix of the two languages).  Even though it has English and French in it, it is a fast paced thriller that people should check out.  I want Music Box Films to release the sequel soon and hopefully they won't take so long to release as this film as they promoted it forever on other DVDs for at least a year.

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