The Burma Conspiracy

Film Review by Keir Roper-Caldbeck | 13 Jan 2012
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Film title: The Burma Conspiracy
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone
Release date: 23 Jan
Certificate: 15

The Burma Conspiracy is the second film based on Belgian comic series Largo Winch. It features a Bosnian hero who lives in Switzerland, has more European co-producers than Greece has bad debts, and dialogue that switches between French and English. Unlike our PM, this film seems steadfastly for European unity. But it is also an action thriller which wants to beat Hollywood at its own game.

The film has a series of decent action sequences and a wide range of exotic locations in an attempt to out-Bourne the Bourne series, but it suffers from the usual underdog flaw of having to try too hard. The producers draft in a well-preserved Sharon Stone to add star power, but their budget evidently didn't stretch far; she vamps it up in a few minor interior scenes, her character existing mostly in parallel to the main plot. The closest she comes to full European integration is her single line in French: "Calmez-vouz, Monsieur Winch!" [Keir Roper-Caldbeck]