The idea of a criminal/assassin figure with memory loss was recently “explored” in a Liam Neeson (excellent actor, Liverpool supporter…maker of lucrative films) vehicle, in which his memory loss leads to an – unexplained - change of character.Meeting up with her friend and colleague Edward, (Damian Young) she explains the plan and is horrified as he is caught at their drop point.Edward is one of Mr Jaque’s accountants and he is tortured by two former colleagues who have obviously progressed onto the next stage of their financial careers by becoming assassins…And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past.Thomas’s back story is revealed a little as we find out that she thinks she has killed him and that she is also in possession of certain “floppy discs” (ah, 90’s IT nostaligia…) that will incriminate their employer back in Holland – Mr Jaques.She calls Mr Jaques and tries to blackmail him in exchange for the discs.
Perhaps you need to forget yourself to keep moving forward?was possibly too delicate to leave a strong impression or maybe I was wrong-footed by its subtle subversions…either way, I feel it is a more defined and rounded work than I did before viewing it again, two decades and two children later. Martin Donovan is lying on a side street motionless, a young woman runs out, looks at him and quickly moves off.Here we’re not sure that Thomas has been “reborn” as a goody; Hartley doesn’t want to push things too far towards the definitive.There are plenty of blurred edges around the central message that it’s never too late to find your way even if you must travel alone.