Not many crime films take the main character dirty cop. Restless tries to take this point of view through the plot that moves tirelessly. Restless is a French crime thriller film directed by Régis Blondeau starring local actors, Franck Gastambide, Simon Abkarian and Michaël Abiteboul. This Netflix release was just released two days ago, so is it worth watching?

Thomas (Gastambide) is corrupt police. He was faced with a complicated situation, where his mother died simultaneously as an investigation into alleged corruption at the office. The situation was made worse when he hit someone to death on the road. Thomas tries to solve the problem by taking advantage of the situation around him in his way. Unexpectedly, it turns out that a mysterious person knows this action and blackmails him.

It has been a long time since Training Day, stories of corrupt police have been told non-stop. In the first half, the audience was brought into Thomas with all his outside the law’s act. We know exactly from the opening that Thomas is a dirty cop. The plot briefly only presents how he dodges and covers his crime. Many parties here enliven the atmosphere, family, his police colleagues, and a mysterious figure disturbing him. This three mixed each other, making the conflict even more interesting. The tension has been successfully presented to its full potential since the opening and is getting more intense towards the climax.

The coincidence in the plot is a bit unnatural, yes, but we can tolerate this. Then also, some of Thomas’ actions, which seemed odd and complicated, actually brought him into new problems. Why didn’t he throw the body in a river or forest? It would take some time before the authorities found his body. There is a saying, “crime doesn’t pay,” which is usually a moral benchmark in a typical film like this. Of course, Thomas was punished, but apparently, another saying applies here, “police are family.” Got it?

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Restless has a different perspective from most crime thrillers, although playing too safe in the development. In addition to a solid script at the beginning, the star’s appearance, Frank Gastambide, also deserves thumbs up. His constant appearance with uncomfortable expressions and gestures and always looking anxious, but at the same time looking calm, was not easy to do. Restless is not Training Day with Denzel Washington’s superior acting, but for the level of production, this film is not bad at all.


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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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