Release dateSeptember 2, 2014 (2014-09-02) (Moscow)
October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) (New York City) CastGerard Depardieu, Elizabeth Hurley, Eli Danker, Alexei Petrenko Similar moviesVictor (2009), House of 9 (2004), I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), Land of the Blind (2006), The Piano Player (2002)
TaglineTo find redemption, he must avenge his son...
Viktor official us release trailer 1 2014 elizabeth hurley movie hd
Viktor (Russian: Виктор) is a 2014 Franco/Russian film written and directed by Philippe Martinez. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Elizabeth Hurley, the film premiered September 2, 2014, in Moscow and debuted in New York City on October 24, 2014. The project was filmed entirely in Russia and, being set in Moscow, it was filmed in locations in both Moscow and the Chechen capital of Grozny.
London-based production company Saradan Media announced May 15, 2013, that Liz Hurley and Gérard Depardieu were about to begin filming an action film project in Russia under a working title of Turquoise and directed by Philippe Martinez. On May 22, Saradan Media revealed that "Tourquoise" and Viktor were the same project. Filming began in Grozny on Saturday May 18, 2013, with expectations that the film would release in late 2013. The film actually released in Russia September 2014.
The plot revolves around the story of a former gangster Victor Lambert (Gérard Depardieu), a professional thief specializing in the theft of works of art. After serving prison time in France for an art heist, he returns to his Russian home to investigate the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of his son Jeremy (Jean Baptiste Fillon) three months earlier. He enlists the assistance of his former accomplice Alexandra Ivanov (Elizabeth Hurley).
Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a metascore rating of 27, based upon generally poor reviews. The film was well received in France, but generally considered a flop in its US release, with many US sources describing Depardieu's girth as making him unbelievable as an action hero.
The Detroit News wrote "In his younger days, Depardieu had a burly charm, but the dude is 65 now and has to weigh 300 pounds. He looks ludicrous in action sequences". The Hollywood Reporter wrote "Depardieu, age 65 and looking like he can barely move due to his massive girth..." continuing "the film is relentlessly tedious when it's not being laughable", sharing that the "latter aspect is exemplified by the supposed romantic relationship between the morbidly obese Depardieu and the gorgeous Hurley, whose adoring gazes toward her co-star demonstrate that her acting abilities have perhaps been underestimated". San Francisco Weekly wrote "The 66-year-old Depardieu was no action hero even in his prime, and as his girth now rivals Paul Masson-era Orson Welles, we're meant to believe he strikes fear into his enemies". Film Journal International writes of the film's weak points, stating "...sadly, the problem is Depardieu, who lumbers through the film looking as though he's tormented by indigestion rather than a lust for vengeance", and toward the film, "Viktor is surprisingly dull". They did, however, speak well toward the film's cinematography, expressing pleasure at the director's "delivering the genre staples – car chases, gun battles, a little torture (a reluctant informer), female flesh and endless dark alleys and mean streets – and Moscow is wall-to-wall with photo ops, from the winding Neva River to the Cathedral of St. Basil, which has made so many movie appearances it should be getting above-the-title billing". And The Los Angeles Times wrote that seeing "the film's corpulent, 65-year-old star, Gérard Depardieu, play a brash killing machine who beds the likes of the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley is truly like entering some cinematic Bizarro world. Think Charles Durning as Dirty Harry". The reviewer wrote the film was a "hackneyed jumble ... a fiery car chase, a couple of shootouts and an eyes-averting torture scene fill this competently shot movie's action quota. But a tone-switching epilogue proves hokey — and a little spooky". Daily Mail called the film's US release a "spectacular flop". CBS News noted that while film was "beautifully shot" and director of photography Jean-Francois Hensgens brought out "the stunning Russian landscape"; however, the film's beauty was "brought down by the clunky dialogue and the slow, plodding plot".