MEMORY OF A KILLER (2003) by Erik Van Looy
This film from Belgium has been widely seen and will be redone by Hollywood.
Angelo Ledda is a professional hit man. That's how he's always made his living. He has been hired to kill a man and get some material he has in his safe.
Earlier, two Belgium policemen are trying to break a child prostitutioin ring. Vincke and Verstuyft are trying to figur out the conection between the prostitutes and one of Belgium's top officials. The trail leads to the in Ledda. Since Ledda starts showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, it's getting more and more difficult to complete his contracts. When he has to murder a 12-year old call-girl, he refuses and becomes a target himself. While Vincke and Verstuyft are chasing him and counting the corpses, Ledda is taking care of his employers.
Ledda plays a cat and mouse game with the detectives and those whom he seeks to kill. This film is very stylish in its photography and images. It also builds suspense and creates a "sympathetic" character in the form of Ledda. How did they fully develop his character? What made this film different from Hollywood police action films?