Time for a good old-fashioned organ harvest
Versatile director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Grifters) delivers an interesting film about a dirty London underground where illegal immigrants working in a hotel discover an organ-harvesting scheme. Audrey Tautou, the wonderful French star of Amelie, stars as a hotel worker who might get blackmailed out of some rather important components of her body. While Tautou is good, Chiwetel Ejiofor practically steals the movie as Okwe, a former African doctor forced into the seedy world. The movie is a compelling thriller, even if the ending is a bit too conventional.
Special Features: A behind-the-scenes documentary is worthless, but Frears does provide an excellent commentary. While many commentaries tend to distract from films, Frears speaks in a way that augments the viewing experience. You can actually follow the film as he offers his observations. A commentary highpoint would have to be when Frears observes Tautou walking down a city street and declares, “Look at her, look at her thin little legs!”
Movie Grade: B+
Special Features: C+
DVD Geek Factor: 4