It's a good bad... and worth a popcorn matinée. While it's easy to lament what could have been...
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
The movie really just wants to entertain people.
A charming pickpocket, a CIA agent with unorthodox practices and a bunch of villains who can mysteriously infiltrate swat teams pretty much tell what the movie is all about. The one dimensional, dispassionate, taciturn antihero character initially looked funny with Arny starring in Terminator movies and alike. However, when others (Van Damme, Rock, etc.) started to mimic the same wooden acting style, they looked and became outright boring. In this cheesy action movie, the "cool", disinterested acting of Idris Elba evokes the same bad feelings. The plot is so predictable that the pace of the unfolding events always lags behind your guess. This is an action movie that I fell asleep in the last 20 min. or so. The only good thing about it is some nice Paris scenes in the background.
There isn't much of anything to this movie, other than a lot of fast action, with the usual "collateral damage." Idris Elba is an actual actor, but he has no material to act with here. So, for that matter, is Thierry Godard, one of the leads in the French TV series Un Village français, but here he gets nothing at all.Every now and then there are allusions to current politics in French - the National Front, etc. - but they don't go anywhere, and are not explained.Not much is done with the Paris setting. No pleasant scenes in the Eiffel Tower restaurants, or along the banks of the Seine, etc.There is no point in summarizing the plot, such as it is, because it's not very interesting. Suffice it to say that, when all is said and done, this is actually about an impossible bank holdup.If you decide to watch this movie - and I can't imagine why you would - watch it late at night when your mind has shut down and doesn't catch all the holes in the plot.
Here it is, just what you've been waiting for - another mindless action no-brainer about a one-man army who takes on overwhelming numbers of baddies on both sides of the law! Every cast member is subject to excessively brutal bashings where all but the unimportant elements just pick themselves up and move on to the next impossible situation. The only character who gets to show any real emotion, Zoe (played by Charlotte Le Bon), stands out from the rest - others are simply one dimensional comic book cut-outs. Good sets and some high-end action are wasted within an inane script and overall treatment - with more shells fired than would be used in a full blown Iranian confrontation. The obviously sensationalistic (and foolish) naked lady opening also did nothing to help. Those who are used to watching cheap TV series' might be easily lulled into thinking there's anything worth giving time to here. In fact, it's reminiscent of a Pilot for TV.
I wanted to see this for Idris Alba as he is a very fine actor and I really liked him in Luther. I quickly discovered that the script was the huge letdown in this nag. It is very poorly written and takes liberties that the audience is supposed to ignore of hopefully completely miss. The only other cast member I know is Kelly Reilly who does as good a job as possible given the crappy dialogue. Both Reilly and Alba are British but are asked to play Americans so have to put on American accents to supposedly be CIA agents. I still do not understand why there were Americans in this obvious French bank robbery picture. It served no purpose and they could just as easily have been British SAS or whatever is the latest acronym. Once again a picture getting made when it should not have.