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Someone must have told Tell No One writer-director Guillaume Canet that if he didn’t add an original twist to the tried-and-true thriller formula, he’d wind up with a derivative dud of a flick. To be sure, Canet’s film has all the requisite clichés: An innocent doctor (François Cluzet) wrongly accused of murdering his wife, the world-weary cop on his trail, the ruthless henchmen willing to kill anyone he talks to, the politician looking to cover up a scandalous family secret, and the fake-out finale that reveals the real murderer may be closer to him than he thinks. (Le Fugitif, anyone?) Here’s the twist: Not only is his wife still alive, but someone’s attempting to keep her from showing her face in public or contacting him. The final third of Canet’s 225-minute film features plenty of suspense, action, and revelations. Everything leading up to that point, however, is leisurely paced exposition—with the most compelling action being Cluzet’s furious mouse-button-clicking as he repeatedly attempts to open the link to an online video of his living, breathing wife.