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Michel Vaillant

Michel Vaillant’s mother is having nightmares about her son crashing into a Leader car that carries the number 13. It’s been 5 years since the Leaders have participated in a race so Michel isn’t really worried. However, when the team subscriptions come in, a new Leader team enters the arena under the guidance of Ruth Wong who’s obsessed with winning Le Mans and making the Vaillants bite in the dust. When various sabotage attempts fail, Ruth has Michel’s father kidnapped to make sure the Vaillants won’t win. But when Michel goes out to look for his father during the race, he gets caught sniffing through Ruth’s car and gets forced to drive for the Leaders… in car number 13…

Sound and Vision:
The image is really magnificent. Stylishly filmed with a lot of extremely bright colors, Michel Vaillant manages to look extremely modern. However, this doesn’t really fit with the original comic books as those have rather flat colors, but we’ll let that go for now. There are no apparant compression errors or visual flaws and things look really slick. Good stuff from Universal.

The French DTS track is truly awesome. The engines roar like they’re in your living room, effects are perfectly positioned and will be flying around your head, while dialogues remain very understandable and clear at all times and nicely positioned at the center speaker.

Extras:
– Camera Views
– Panos Lola Tour
– Audio Commentary
– Teaser Trailer
– Filmographies
– Premiere in Brussels
Not really much qua extras and hardly worth checking out. On the other hand, the movie doesn’t really make you want to check out the extras afterwards.

Conclusion:
I used to collect the comics from Michel Vaillant and therefore I’m quite accustomed with the characters and the settings. This is also probably the reason why I didn’t like the movie at all. The characters in no way correspond with those from the comics. Michel Vaillant is overly confident but lacks the spirit from the comics while Steve Warson – originally a supermacho – gets portrayed as some wuss that follows his genitals. Especially the fact that Peter Youngblood Hills speaks French with an English accent and has some high-toned voice makes him sound like some gay guy who has just got his ass penetrated and that’s extremely irritating. The filming is stylish, the special effects are cool and the sound is terrific. No problems on the technical side what so ever, but some more money should definitely have been spent on a decent cast that can act. The French again proove that spending lots of money on special effects and stylish filming doesn’t make a good movie.

Our Score:
3.0

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