Near the dawn of his career in 1987, Atom Egoyan directed two episodes of the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He returns to Hitch homage in sight and sound for this creaky Holocaust revenge suspenser, redeemed by Christopher Plummer’s impassioned acting, about an aging Second World War vet bent on exacting vengeance on his Nazi tormenter.
The catch is he must do so while fighting the brain fog of encroaching dementia.
Flashback-free narrative scripted by Benjamin August is the most linear storytelling Egoyan has done in ages, and also the most satisfying. He includes a supporting role for Martin Landau, who starred in one of his Hitchcock TV episodes.