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      The Alzheimer Affair

      R Released Oct 7, 2003 2 hr. 3 min. Mystery & Thriller Action Crime Drama List
      84% 67 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Ledda (Jan Decleir), an aging mob hit man, learns he has Alzheimer's disease and agrees to one last job. The intended victim, though, turns out to be a 12-year-old girl (Laurien Van den Broeck), and Ledda refuses to kill her. As a result, his boss (Gene Bervoets) puts a price on his head. Meanwhile, two police officers (Koen de Bouw, Werner De Smedt) have connected Ledda to a string of murders. To get revenge against his former boss, Ledda must battle the police and his own failing memory. Read More Read Less
      The Alzheimer Affair

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      Even though The Memory of a Killer is standard genre fare, it is also engaging and stylish.

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      dave s Despite borrowing some ideas from Christopher Nolan's Memento, released a few years earlier, The Memory of a Killer remains a taut and engaging thriller. An aging assassin, suffering from Alzheimer's, puts his principles ahead of his obligations when he is unable to complete a hit due to the fact that his target is a twelve-year old girl. What follows is a complex story of corruption, child prostitution and bureaucratic power. To its detriment, the stylistic excesses often become a distraction and are, more often than not, unnecessary, but the interesting plot and intriguing lead character more than compensate for any shortcomings. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member An aging hitman with Alzheimer's refuses to kill a 12 year old child prostitute, and incurs the wrath of his bosses. But when he fights back, he drags a power duo of detectives with him, for a dragged out and complex story. The movie doesn't do well in the pacing department, its slow and not as tight as it could have been, but it has a good plot. its very similar to the Dragon Tattoo stories, like a dark underworld on top of a nice and clean city. There are some nice moments, but ultimately its kind of a forgettable affair. I only watched this because an action movie list put this on there so I checked it out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A hitman who has Alzheimers... really human film, very cool. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Director Erik Van Looy delivers a smart, sophisticated crime thriller with the style and poise of a great master of filmmaking! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Overrated movie but still a move with good acting performances that was quit new for Flemish cinema. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member In the Swamp of Corruption and Children Prostitution--Noirish police story as twisted as the killer's mind!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic It is distinguished by the intelligence of its plotting and the fullness of its characterizations: These are believable people, not merely plot fodder. Rated: 4/5 Dec 24, 2005 Full Review Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer A jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 29, 2005 Full Review Richard Roeper Ebert & Roeper Close, but not quite. Sep 26, 2005 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia It is a dark, violent and intriguing thriller that employs the parameters of the police film in a very effective way. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Sep 17, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The moral dilemmas raised by the assassin and Mr. Decleir's fierce performance are what make the stylish straightforward policier somewhat memorable. Rated: B- Apr 12, 2007 Full Review Lewis Beale Film Journal International Not only as good as any American thriller of the past several years, but boasts a totally unique premise. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Ledda (Jan Decleir), an aging mob hit man, learns he has Alzheimer's disease and agrees to one last job. The intended victim, though, turns out to be a 12-year-old girl (Laurien Van den Broeck), and Ledda refuses to kill her. As a result, his boss (Gene Bervoets) puts a price on his head. Meanwhile, two police officers (Koen de Bouw, Werner De Smedt) have connected Ledda to a string of murders. To get revenge against his former boss, Ledda must battle the police and his own failing memory.
      Director
      Erik Van Looy
      Screenwriter
      Carl Joos
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      MMG Film & TV Production
      Rating
      R (Violence|Sexuality|Nudity)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Dutch
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 7, 2003, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Aug 26, 2005
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 27, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $332.0K