I saw Dirty Pretty Things today. Oddly enough, I just saw Ameile last night. While Audrey Tautou is given top billing and is on the poster, she’s not really the focus of the film. Nonetheless, she’s great.
If you’ve seen Amelie, you might have a hard time envisioning her as anything other than Amelie (which is a testiment to how well she nailed that role). Dirty Pretty Things is in english and she’s plays a Turkish character. There is no hint of a French accent. She’s not Amelie, but there is still an intrinsic cuteness about her. Think Audrey Hepburn with an edge.
The lead in the movie is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a Nigeran doctor living illegally in London. He does a great job of playing a good man in not so good circumstances.
Overall, the movie is very very good.
I also saw SWAT on Friday. It was very so-so.
In sum: go see Dirty Pretty Things now. Wait for SWAT to appear on cable.