Papillon (2018)


Critic Consensus: Papillon puts its own well-acted, solidly produced spin on a previously adapted tale, although it may not be quite enough to erase viewers' memories of the 1973 version.


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Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books "Papillon" and "Banco", PAPILLON follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape.

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Charlie Hunnam
as Henri Charriere
Rami Malek
as Louis Dega

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I could never quite figure out why this story was being told again, and I drifted away from its action way too often.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As director Michael Noer struggles to tease a theme out of a string of exploits, Papillon remains as entertaining as ever.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The end result feels routinely anonymous.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It is an impressively staged and appropriately rain-soaked, mud-splattered, bone-crunching tale, more violent and filled with rougher language than its predecessor, if not quite as powerful or moving.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Director Michael Noer falls short in a number of ways, leaving a sense of missed opportunity.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Hunnam plays Papillon with a certain fierceness and swagger, but his psyche is largely impenetrable.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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