The Crimson Rivers

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Released 2000

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The Crimson Rivers

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Director:
Mathieu Kassovitz
Released:
2000
Rating:
R

The Crimson Rivers is a French drama film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. It is based on the novel Les Rivieres Pourpres by Jean-Christophe Grange. The story begins with the introduction of Detective Superintendent Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno) who has been assigned a case in the city of Guernon. He is investigating the atrocious murder of a boy who was in his senior year of college - he was left in fetal position, with his eyes dug out, and hands cut off. Meanwhile, in Sarzac, another town in France, a detective by the name of Max Kerkerian (Vincent Cassel) is trying to solve a case of his own. The grave of a girl who passed away many years ago has been dug up by an unknown culprit. He suspects a local gang is responsible for exhuming the body. As he follows the gang in a wild chase to catch them, he coincidentally ends up in the same city as Detective Pierre Niemans, in Guernon. As the story unfolds, the detectives realize their cases are more similar than imaginable. They find that the clues they find are interrelated. Will the detectives solve these cases and put their mysteries to rest? Watch to find out!

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety

    Adequately entertaining but not particularly memorable.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The full explanation for the movie's graphically depicted horrors is preposterous even by the almost-anything- goes standards of the action-thriller conspiracy genre.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Not even the strong, reflective, world-weary presence of Reno or Cassel's energy can make a dent in a movie in which suspense and tension dissipate quickly, with action sequences n...

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Action & Adventure

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Foreign Language, Thrillers