Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s Gripping Thriller -Trailer Review


Elle: Paul Verhoeven: Trailer Review

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Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Phillipe Djian, David Birke, Harold Manning

Release Date: November 11, 2016

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Rated R

Horror Sub-Genre: Drama, Thriller


Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever.

When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.


Elle is gearing up for it’s theatrically released on November 11, 2016. The Drama, Thriller is directed Paul Verhoeven, written by David Birke (13 Sins, Gacy, and Dahmer) and Harold Manning (Shame, On The Road, and Obvious Child), and based on the novel by Phillipe Djian.

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Trailer Summary

The Elle trailer is subtle, yet definitely intriguing. Here, you have your average film of hostage and cat-and-mouse, but this film also dares to try something new and fresh to make it stand apart from like-minded films.

Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is a well-off business woman, who becomes the target of a predator, who invades her home. However, Michele doesn’t seem like your average woman. She is well equipped to handle this intruder and his game.

Based off the trailer, I can speculate that Michele will turn full on scavenger, and will play this intruder’s game to entertain him. This will seem like an adventure at first, until things take a drastic turn and it’s no longer a game.

Of course, this is an exciting idea. However, one that has already been done a few too many times.


Hostage films have always been a staple in Horror cinema, however, they are beginning to blossom even more and take more bold approaches. Since Adam Wingard’s You’re Next, we have started to see a drastic increase of effectiveness in such films.

Victims are no longer the victims. They become the predator and play the same game that’s being played on them. We’ve seen this in Mike Flanagan’s Hush, and Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe.

The upside to these films are that they are changing the game in the Horror scene, and movie-goers are very hyped for these kinds of films right now. This puts Elle at an advantage.

The downside is that these such films have been coming out constantly over the course of just a few years, and the whole concept is starting to get played out almost as fast as it blossomed.

This puts Elle at a slight disadvantage, as now Paul Verhoeven will almost be forced to put his best forward and bring everything he’s got with Elle because he has some pretty heavy competition.


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