The Expatriate

  • 15
  • Philipp Stölzl (2012)
  • US / Can / Bel / UK
  • 100 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This solid chase thriller uses a template that recalls Taken, without ever reaching the same heights. At most, it's watchable with Aaron Eckhart playing Ben Logan, an ex-CIA agent and security systems specialist who suddenly finds that both his personal and professional life has been erased. His office is stripped bare, his co-workers killed, and his emails and bank details deleted. With his moody teenage daughter (Liana Liberato) in tow, he strives to find out who is behind this mess, and crosses paths with former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko along the way. Filmed largely on location across Belgium, the movie is unevenly paced and the plot overly complicated. But committed performances from the always watchable Eckhart and from the talented Liberato (as good here as she was in creepy chatroom drama Trust) may be worth 100 minutes of your time.

Plot Summary

An ex-CIA operative living in Belgium discovers his former employers have decided to eliminate him, and have erased all records of his existence. He is forced to flee across Europe from the agency's assassins with his teenage daughter, who had been unaware of her father's shady past. Action thriller, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko.

Cast and crew


Ben Logan
Aaron Eckhart
Anna Brandt
Olga Kurylenko
Liana Liberato
Derek Kohler
Neil Napier
Principal Gibbins
Kate Linder
Alexander Fehling
James Halgate lll
Garrick Hagon
Eric Godon
Marty Braemer
David Bark-Jones
Mei Ling
Debbie Wong


Philipp Stölzl

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Koch Media Entertainment
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 5 Apr 2013
Certificate 15