Papillon ★★★★½

Take the Hilts story line from The Great Escape but done like The Revenant and that's the gist of Papillon, albeit 40-something years before The Revenant. But it's this stripped down, procedural epic, light on character, heavy on the reality of the situation. The muck, the grime, the struggle and the mental and physical toll it takes. It holds up remarkably and there isn't a single shot in the film that pulls you out as "that's so 70s". No, it all feels real and the lack of a distracting musical score helps the suspense and drama absolutely thrive on screen. If you want your film to age well, it's in your interest to let scenes speak for themselves without music, and as often as possible.

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