De zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer)
De zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (2005)

A French assassin suffering from the onset of Alzheimer's disease finds himself on the run after refusing to carry out a hit on a 12-year-old prostitute. Jan Decleir stars in this riveting thriller from director Erik Van Looy.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Though Memory works perfectly well as a policier, it works even better as a character study of a man losing his edge.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The moral dilemmas raised by the assassin and Mr. Decleir's fierce performance are what make the stylish straightforward policier somewhat memorable.

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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.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The film won't put you at the edge of your seat, but will keep your attention.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Not only as good as any American thriller of the past several years, but boasts a totally unique premise.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Close, but not quite.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

This Belgian film has the sheen of polished Hollywood product, amplified by continental elegance and depth.

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Jules Brenner

exemplary crime stuff, complex anti-hero and all.

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
A watchable thriller, but does feel like a drag at times. It'd have been better if they'd concentrated more on substance than style. 6.5/10.
Walter M.
As we get older, we find ourselves not functioning as we once did, mentally and physically, so we need to take it easy. Angelo Leddo(Jan Decleir) does not have… More
Lanning : )
An interesting premise, and quite suspenseful for the first half. Sadly, this becomes less about Decleir's struggle with Alzheimer's, and more… More
Jesse Ortega
This movie wasn't as good as Imdb had led me to believe (I saw some reviews before I saw it i didn't rent it because it had a 7.6), this movie is… More
Aaron Neuwirth
A very neat story that just goes on a bit too long, I hear they have plans for an american remake, so I am interested. Good work between the hitman and the cop,… More
Bill Cavros
Its kind like going to a Kentuky fried chicken in Mexico City, although the plot follows a well worn path, the slight differences pop out at you. When I say a… More

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