ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Movie Review: Papillon

Updated on March 6, 2013

Does this review of Papillon make you want to watch it?

See results

The movie starts by setting a serious, tension-filled tone as soldiers are shown walking silently with prisoners.The silence is briefly broken by a woman on the side of the line that says to the character, “Papillon, you’ll be back!” and a fellow prisoner next to him says “No you won’t.” That statement was relevant throughout the movie as all Papillon wanted to do was be free and he did eventually escaped from the isolated island at the end of the movie.This showed that some people just cannot be tamed, while others (like his friend Louis Dega) are satisfied as long as they have decent living conditions.

Papillon was even put in a silent camp in order to be released quicker.The use of shadows while he was in the prison was remarkable.It really gave the viewer the idea of how dreary and boring being in the silent camp was.There was also the use of repeat scenes when Papillon was first put in the prison and stuck his head out of the door to see a man who looked horrible asking “How do I look?I feel alright, but how do I look?”Papillon stares oddly at the man and blatantly lies to him saying he looks fine.Later on in the movie, after Papillon becomes malnourished due to cut rations in the silent prison, he starts to become delirious and looks just as bad as that man.He sticks his head out of the door and says to a new man that was in the same prison cell as the other terrible looking man, implying that he died.Papillon then asked that man, “How do I look?”This gave the viewer the impression that Papillon may end up dying like the other man that asked that question.

The movie used effective close-up shots on the faces of characters such as Papillon and Louis Dega.The viewer could almost visually see the bonding between Louis and Papillon as the movie progresses.The experiences that they go through together are extremely adventurous.For example, when Louis is becoming weak and ill and beginning to vomit and the guard begins to harass him, Papillon goes over and throws hot soup into the guards eyes (which is shown in Point-of-View style) and they are able to escape temporarily.

There were also some very suspenseful, yet humorous parts that kept the viewer at the edge of their seats.An example of that is when Papillon and a couple other prisoners plan to execute their escape from the prison.A party is being held for the guards and the orchestra is playing as all the action is occurring.As Papillon finally gets out of the room and gets in position to knock out another guard, the orchestra suddenly pauses, leaving the viewer wondering if they were going to get caught.However, right as Papillon hits the man in the head, the orchestra starts back up with a bang, trumping the noise made by Papillon when he hit the guard.I found this somewhat humorous and also very relieving as I was hoping that they would be able to execute the escape.All but one was able to escape over the fence and Louis unexpectedly joined them.Although, he did not have such an easy job getting over the fence as he dangled from it for an extended period just before he was pulled over right before a guard got to him.Another great use of the close-up was showing Toussaint (the Leper colony chief) in the shadows.While Papillon attempts to not appear phased, it is subtly displayed by his facial expression that he is disturbed.As the viewer, I was certainly shocked.I was also disgusted that he smoked from the same cigar that the Leper chief smoked from.

The movie ends after Papillon finds Louis after yet another stint in the silent camp.They reunite on a small island where the living does not appear all that bad.However, while Louis is content with the lifestyle, Papillon still desires to be free.Papillon comes up with another plan to test out.He throws a bag of coconuts off a very high cliff and then he jumps off towards them as the camera appears to go into slow motion.He ends up riding the waves 24 miles to freedom.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)