THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH

High Action, Multinational Espionage

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Release Date: November 18, 2011

Starring: Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott
Thomas, Miki Manojlovic,
Melanie Thierry, Gilbert
Melki, Karel Roden, Steven
Waddinton, Anne Consigny,
Radivoje Bukvic, Nicolas
Vaude, Benedict Wong

Genre: Spy Movie

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 108 minutes

Distributor: Music Box Films

Director: Jerome Salle

Executive Producer: Eric Zaouali

Producer: Nathalie Gastaldo, Philippe
Godeau

Writer: Julien Rappeneau, Jerome Salle

Address Comments To:

William Schopf, President
Music Box Films
942 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 492-9364
Website: musicboxfilms.com

Content:

(PaPa, AcapAcap, Cap, Co, FR, B, C, Ho, L, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Mostly mixed, strong pagan worldview with immoral behavior by characters who lie, cheat, and steal from one another, strong anti-capitalist view of business such as politics of corporate greed, international corporate espionage that includes murder of corporate tycoon for hostile takeover, insider trading, blackmail, and threats in order to increase wealth and gain power, and father tells his son, “Loneliness is the price of power,” mitigated by some capitalist elements where an adopted son is trying to take his murdered father’s rightful place as heir to the family business, mention of a grandfather who was a communist and believed that “money buys everything,” and China is hailed as the future of capitalism, plus false religion depicted as shaman meditates and gives man an invincibility tattoo meant to protect him, and some moral elements of stopping evil men from stealing the hero’s inheritance, one man hears good news and declares, “Thank God,” and a subtle yet positive moral message about the redemptive aspects of adoption; three obscenities, no profanities; strong, sometimes intense and very graphic, violence, including action violence, contains brief, obscure images of a man beating his child and wife, man murdered by drowning, young man receives a tattoo, fist fights throughout, chase sequences throughout, man is stabbed in the hand with a skewer, car chases, lots of gunfire, man is shot in the shoulder, man escapes from prison by fighting police, car crash, woman is accosted by robbers, man shot in eye by an assassin, woman killed by mercenaries and her body is left inside a burning house, man stabbed in the back of the neck, and another man is shot and killed point blank; depicted fornication and unmarried kissing; upper female nudity, upper male nudity, rear female nudity, rear male nudity, and woman shown sitting on a toilet; alcohol and wine use depicted throughout, drunkenness implied in obscure flashbacks of man beating his wife and child; cigarette smoking depicted and woman drugs sleeping man and calls the police, framing him for drug smuggling; and, very strong miscellaneous immorality includes blackmail, bribery, threats, lying throughout, revenge, insider trading, corporate espionage, assassination, and the movie's hero abides by his own ethical code.

Summary:

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is an engaging, action-packed, subtitled international thriller about a devil-may-care, promiscuous adventure who has to defend his inheritance from mysterious evildoers. Set in a dark world, THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is a vivid, playful, action packed spy thriller, but there’s also brief graphic violence and a sex scene with nudity, among other things, so extreme caution is advised.

Review:

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is an engaging, action-packed international thriller based on a popular French graphic novel. It follows Largo Winch, a young adventurer who inherits a multinational corporation after his adoptive father, the founder and majority shareholder of the company, mysteriously drowns. Though very exciting and entertaining, it’s set in a dark, mostly Non-Christian world.

Nerio Winch is the king of a financial empire, the powerful W. Group, with corporate enemies everywhere. From Russian arms dealers-turned-businessmen to corporate executives within his own W. Group, Nerio carries a large, corporate target on his back. So, after Nerio drowns, everyone suspects foul play, and the Board Members scramble to secure the company's assets from a hostile takeover.

However, what the Board Members soon learn is that Nerio had an adopted son, an heir to his throne. His name is Largo, a handsome man in his mid-twenties. Only Largo knows where Nerio's majority shares are secretly kept, so the Board Members rush to bring Largo to Hong Kong to claim his place as heir to the corporate empire. There's just one problem: Largo has been framed and wrongfully accused of drug trafficking in South America.

The Board sends Nerio's personal go-to guy to bail Largo out of prison, but Largo lives life on his terms. He does things his way, so he busts out of prison and escapes to Hong Kong. Largo must now convince the Board Members he’s Nerio's legitimate adopted heir. To do that, he must retrieve the shares and present them to the Board.

The task is not as easy as it seems, however. Largo finds himself on an international cat-and-mouse chase, the target of Russian arms dealers and mercenaries hired by some mysterious evildoer within his father’s company, the W. Group. With life and death consequences and the future of the W. Group hanging precariously in the balance, Largo must stay one step ahead of the murderers and the corporate head-hunters as he claims his destiny as the rightful heir to his father's company.

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is a vivid, action packed spy thriller. The movie is a playful international chase that mixes the styles of the James Bond movies with the Jason Bourne series. Largo Winch is a handsome, death-defying adventurer reminiscent of INDIANA JONES, although his character is flawed. He’s an anti-hero who follows his own ethical code with no real moral base. He seduces and fornicates with women he just met and prefers fighting his way out of situations like a self-proclaimed superhero. However, the movie does have a subtle, yet positive, moral message about the positive aspects of adoption as well as a young man finding his purpose and fulfilling his destiny while battling evil forces.

The movie only has three obscenities, but it contains a lot of action violence, some of which is very graphic. It also has a somewhat graphic scene of depicted fornication that includes upper and rear female nudity. The movie also contains a strong, mostly mixed pagan, immoral worldview with industrial espionage, blackmail, theft, lying, bribery, conspiracy, and characters driven by greed rather than objective moral standards, much less moral standards based on biblical principles. While the movie is exciting and has more story depth than most action movies, audiences should take extreme caution because of the immoral content, some of which is quite gratuitous. THE HEIR APPARENT is set in a dark world that media-wise viewers may not want to visit, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is an engaging, action-packed, subtitled international thriller based on a popular French graphic novel. It follows Largo Winch, a young adventurer. Largo inherits a multinational corporation after his adoptive father, the founder and majority shareholder of the company, mysteriously drowns. There is just one problem: Largo has been framed and wrongfully accused of drug trafficking in South America. Largo finds himself on an international cat-and-mouse chase, the target of Russian arms dealers and mercenaries hired by some mysterious evildoer within his father’s company.

THE HEIR APPARENT: LARGO WINCH is a vivid, playful, action packed spy thriller. Largo Winch is a handsome, death-defying adventurer reminiscent of INDIANA JONES, but his character is flawed. For example, he lives by his own moral code and thinks nothing of seducing any woman that comes along. The movie only has three obscenities, but it contains a lot of action violence, some of which is very graphic. There’s also a depicted sex scene with nudity. Thus, THE HEIR APPARENT is set in a dark world that media-wise viewers may not want to visit, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.