Vincent Cassel puts in another fine performance as a tormented monk undergoing a great test of faith. This 70's inspired fable on temptation, desire and falling from grace is both refreshing and compelling. 3.5 stars
gothic tale of a man's moral downfall (or destiny) - infused with dark omens and imagery: shadowy cathedrals, crows, faceless gargoyles… has a heavy, foreboding air… but somehow I can't invest in Cassel's character, though the performance itself was good. Visually successful, but an emotional miss…
After two wondeful movies it seems that Moll finally suffered the slump. While The Monk carries a lot of potential it never gets off the ground in any respect. The drama feels slight and stilted, the suspense fizzles, the horror never hits home and while the ending offers some inspired imagery, this is a a quite boring miss!
The images are powerful and full of beauty, and Cassel brings us a good performance (although not his best). Still, this movie lacks that "something more" and turns into a boring Gothic tale, asides from overdoing cliches. I don't recommend it.
Drama that begins with some meaty theological stuff, descends into absurdity and ends with a whimper. Could have been a powerful statement on the power of sin but loses us in a series of cheap twists. Good performance by Cassell of course, but his character loses all of its power by the end.