Genre : Action, Drama
Director: Benjamin Rocher
Actors: Alban Lenoir, Caterina Murino, Jean Reno, Oumar Diaw
Quality: BluRay 720p
Source: FRA Blu-ray 1080p AVC
This one is a straight forward, no-frills action flick. No twists, no turns.
The cast is decent and the story is plausible without being too cliché laden. Nonetheless, for European audiences some of the action (and subsequently its impact on the “environment” and the consequences for the cops) might seem over-the-top. But we’ve learned to live with the fact, that “action cops” can blow up a building, to get a pickpocket. And it just earns them 3 weeks behind the desk.
Most of the dialogue is okay, some exchanges are even funny, without being silly. But it’s not a Lethal Weapon/Die Hard kinda thing.
Directing goes okay even though some of the action sequences are a tiny bit hectic- the cuts made during editing look a bit like they were made on purpose to emphasize the intense exchange of gunfire. IMO here less would have been more. It would be more en par with the rest of the movie. But in general the overall pace is okay.
As mentioned, the story is a no-frills crime/thriller which is suitable for a decent action flick. Do not expect too much from it, though.
Unfortunately Jean Reno has gotten old. You can tell by the way he moves in several shots- also, when the action kicks in he is “magically” more agile, thanks to stunt people. But he still does well as an aging cop. I just do not like the full beard he is sporting in this one.
To sum it up, it’s a decent French action flick, liberally borrowing from American action cinema in terms of craftsmanship.