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Analysing the opening sequence of a Thriller

Analysing the opening sequence of a Thriller

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 Analysing the opening sequence of a Thriller-Catch Me If You Can (2002)Summary of Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime film based on the lifeof the infamous con artist Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19
th
birthdaysuccessfully performed cons worth a millions of dollars by posing as an PanAmerican World Airways pilot. Steven Spielberg directed and produced Catch MeIf You Can; the film starts Leornado DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale and Tom Hanksas Carl Hanratty an FBI agent.
Summary of the opening sequence
The opening sequence focuses on two characters, one in constant pursuit of theother in what we can see to be in different locations around the world. Theprotagonist of the film seems to be one step ahead of his pursuer by changinginto different characters. The opening sequence is animated with bright colouredbackgrounds setting the scene. The opening sequence also includes the filmcompany and the staff members who took park in filming and production of Catch Me If You Can.
Location/Setting
The locations in the opening sequence change continuously from an airport toroads then a library. This is because the chase is never ending has bothcharacters find new ways to trick each other. The constant switching of location
keeps the audience on edge has they do not know what’s going to happen next in
the film. The film is set in 1963 so young audiences will find it hard to relate to it has it is not current.
Characters
The opening sequence focuses on two characters the protagonist Frank Abagnaleand the FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. The opening sequence shows Frank Abagnalethe protagonist as an unstable character switching from location to location.Constantly changing is persona to fool other characters at one point posing as anFBI agent. The opening sequence gives the audience a little bit of an insight towhat to expect from the protagonist and the film in general.

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