L’INTERVENTION (2019)

A film by  Fred Grivois

Cast: Alban Lenoir, Olga Kurylenko, Sébastien Lalanne

1976 in Djibouti, the last French colony. Terrorists kidnap a school bus and get stuck at a hundred meters from the border of Somalia. France sends on the spot to take care of the situation a sniper special unit of the Gendarmerie. This team, who is heterogeneous and undisciplined, will conduct a high-risk operation that will mark the birth of the GIGN.

The intention of the filmmaker is double sided. This is obviously to pay tribute to the men in the shadow of the birth of the GIGN, and then to portray a long sequence of pure suspense and action, rather than to dwell on the complex geopolitical reality of this part of Africa. where the presence of France in 1976 is questionable.

Here is a team of gendarmes that are snipers they called them the special unit team at the time, who are going to Africa to try to save the school bus full of children by the border of Somalia and the french side. Here is an elite team that is waiting the order from Paris to take assault and get back the children safe back home. But the problem of bureaucracy in France that can’t take a decision because they are scared to start a war. So this team of snipers will prove themselves to be effective. This piece of history is not know in my country until now. The film is a beautiful tribute to those snipers who are expendable but not killing machine just trying to save life in any condition and never underestimate the price of every lives they will take away from the enemy camp. Here the director has master the suspense with an interesting casting, plus some great action scenes. And that is how the GIGN ( (Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale)  is born. GIGN in english National Gendarmerie Intervention Group. GIGN has been involved in over 1,800 missions and rescued more than 600 hostages, making it one of the most experienced counter-terrorism units in the world.

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L’EMPEREUR DE PARIS (2018)

A film by  Jean-François Richet

Cast:  Olga Kurylenko, Vincent Cassel, Freya Mavor

English title: The Emperor of Paris

Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq, the only man to have escaped from the biggest prisons of the country, is a legend of the Parisian bas fonds. Left to die after his last spectacular escape, the ex-convict tries to be forgotten in the guise of a simple trader. His past caught him, however, and, after being accused of a murder he did not commit, he offered a deal to the head of the Police: he joined the police to fight the underworld, in exchange for his freedom. Despite exceptional results, it provokes the hostility of his fellow police officers and the fury of the underworld who put his head at a price …

Eugène François Vidocq ( July 24, 1775 – May 11, 1857) was a French criminal and criminalist whose life story inspired several writers, including Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, and Honoré de Balzac. The former criminal became the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. Vidocq is considered to be the father of modern criminology and of the French police department He is also regarded as the first private detective. Here Richet retraces the life some of it of Vidocq when one last escape from prison Vidocq tried to make a deal with the chief of police for a pardon of a crime he did not commit, he will close every case that the chief of police was not able too. You have to understand Vidocq had a gift in catching criminals it is something that he was good at. I love the fact they were able to recreate the old Paris way back in the day. The dark street, the scenery the decor all of that was well done with the help of some special effects. The story has been done many times before but I have yet to see the one that Depardieu has done in 2001. Vidocq was one the the first to open an private detective agency. He passed away at age 82, he was one of a hell of an adventurer. The cast of the film is an all star cast.  Denis Ménochet, Denis Lavant, Freya Mavor, Olga Kurylenko are outstanding. This version is more realistic as one pointed out to me getting out of the movie theater. You will have a good time however watching this film.

KURST (2018)

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A film by Thomas Vinterberg

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Mathias Shoenaerts

August 2000, The Russians Navy engages in exercise with the unsinkable submarine called the Kurst (K-141). But before performing this exercise, they celebrated the wedding of one of their comrade.

Mitkhail Kalekov (Mathias Shoenaerts) says goodbye to his wife who is played by Léa Seydoux and son. Shortly after departure the explosion occur due to the fact they could have prevented it but the orders are the orders. Another explosion followed and more violent than the other which force the crew to be in a small compartment with water freezing to death. The soviet government was trying to save them but their equipment was defective and did not want to admit to the English who themselves offer to help.

Government especially the soviet government are this bunch of liars who would admit that it was their fault and too proud to ask for help because they suppose to have the equipment to rescue them. Plus they lied to the families to top it all off, and why is that  not surprising me. We all know what happen it was news back then in 2000 august 12. Luc Besson who produced the film decided to go with what happen in the sub and the rescue attempt than showing more of the politics with the soviet government. Keep in mind that Norway wanted to help too but the soviet turn them down. The director tried to shoot the film in the soviet but the soviets would not have it, so it was film in France and Belgium. Also he was trying to get documents for his research but the soviets refused because those documents are classified. It is a sad thing to see that the government does not care about its people, especially those crew members that had families.

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A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN (2018)

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A film by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Cast: Joe ColeVithaya PansringarmPanya Yimmumphai

The true story of Billy Moore, locked in one of the toughest prisons, Klong Prem. Refusing to die there, Billy learns Muay Thai boxing and finds a fraternity that will help him redeem himself.

The director here focuses on the life in prison instead if what happened before Billy got there. By this unique prism, we are also totally lost in a poisonous world in paradise Muay Thai, a form of boxing “religion” in Thailand. The daily – rapes, fights, drugs deals, etc. that takes place daily. The film primary beauty comes from its desire to capture the huddled bodies as if each inmate had an immense texture to form one with its  community. The energy of each shot to exalt Moore’s rage that one feels ready to explode at the slightest jostling. Then comes the strange time of appeasement, when the boxer can finally reconnect with what makes him progresses in life: his fists. It is a huge boxing film that is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that it is in prison but has a raw beauty that emerges. So many contradictions that lead straight to build a film that emerges bloodless and the impression of having seen an instant classic.

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SOLO: A STARS WARS STORY (2018)

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A film by Ron Howard

Cast: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke 

The adventures of a young Han Solo when he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Here is this prequel of Han Solo, but the film is not entirely bad despite the not so formidable performances with a few surprises and it does not hits its marks. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Those are the question that we should have been asking ourselves after the first 3 Stars wars. And those answers will be revealed as you watch the film, and the film answers all those question and more.

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Han  (Alden Ehrenreich) hot wires cars and meets Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on planet carry like the burning rubber, gasoline and adolescent hormones like those teenagers films back in the 60’s. Han wants to get out of Corellia and take Qi’ra with him. Also he meets a bunch of criminals who wants to get at this big score.  Things are not as they seems most of the time and like someone says do not trust anyone. There are plenty of action scenes that are cool with some state of the art special effect. Some of the old characters of the first three Stars Wars are back and younger of course and yes it is cool to see them. Even the old ship is back. There are some tension here and there with humour. The film like I said is not entirely bad it is watchable and works but it is missing something. 

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018)

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A film by David Leitch

Cast: Josh BrolinMorena BaccarinZazie Beetz, Ryan Reynolds

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), puts together a team of mutant rogue to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from a cyborg who is a time traveler who wants the boy dead.

Here it goes the first one was fun and we got to be introduced to Wade Wilson and yes it was fun to watch. But the second one even more funny than the first one. Deadpool 2 begins with a hilarious sequence that defiantly references Logan. So that is beside the point, the thing is there is a lot of references and jokes about other films; it is one joke after an other. Deadpool here has to save a kid who is using his power to kill well that is because he is being abused by the director of the facilities he is in. Then comes a cyborg time traveler who is in search of the kid. Here Josh Brolin get in the skin of his own character so well. Deadpool is going to get some help in order to do so and the X-force is born. The most funny scenes are when jump the plane in parachutes. It is so hilarious. However who casted Reynolds carries the role very well I am not sure if other actors would have done what he did. It looks like that it was custom-made for him. Here is a sequel who is not going to be boring at all and it does stand out. Seriously if you want to have a good time do not miss this one.

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DEN OF THIEVES (2018)

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A film by Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. are after the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws who are closing on taking down  the Federal reserved which seems to be the final heist.

An armoured truck pulls up for a coffee stop and the guards are taken by surprise when a gang steals their vehicle, resulting in a battle that is both bloody and hard boil. Cops arrived and the big shoot out is about to start. They get away with the armoured truck. An Elite unit from the sheriff department is at the scene and try to figure out who did that and why they stole an armoured truck that is empty.

Thie is a heist film but not like any other with a twist in there somewhere. It is not the great film here but it is entertaining. Gerard Butler assumes the role of the sheriff which is after this gang who is going to do one more heist; Taking down the federal reserved, so they can retire at least for a while. You see how it is plan and the sheriff that is closing on them. The game of the cat and the mouse is on. The film is for the young demographic you know those who has testosterone pumping into their veins. It is not a total bust like I said it is easy to watch and a no brainer. Have fun.

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