Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A government agent must try and find a thief who is wronhky suspected of carrying out a terrorist bombing in Paris before those really responsible for the bombing find him first.
My Take on it – I heard about this movie a few months ago and it sounded interesting, but I can’t say that I expected very much from it.
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much fun this film was.
In certain ways it reminded me of a Die Hard kind of movie and works as a great and fun popcorn movie if you’re just looking to watch an action thriller.
I doubt that it’s much of a coincidence that this film takes place in Paris because as we all know, the amount of terror attacks in France and Europe in general has risen over the past year or so and that helps make this movie feel even more realistic because we can believe something like this could occur there.
I’m really beginning to like Idris Elba as an actor and he was great in this one as the main character.
In some ways, this felt like an audition for him to take over the role of James Bond in future films of that franchise.
That being said, he could also conceivable make a few more films with this character, because I really liked the character of Sean Briar.
Bottom Line – Fun Die Hard type action film that works as a great popcorn film. The fact that the past year has seen a rise in terrorist activity in Europe helps make the film’s scenario and plot more realistic. Elba is great as the action hero and this film might be a good reason to offer him the job of portraying the next James Bond. Enjoyed this much more than I had expected and I’d love to see this character again.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Following the terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016 – the date of the country’s national holiday, Bastille Day – which claimed the lives of 84 people and left over 200 wounded, StudioCanal permanently removed all digital advertising for the film in France. The studio announced that it would not be removing the film from theaters, but would allow individual theaters to decide whether or not they wished to continue showing the film. As the film had been released on Wednesday, 13 July, the day before the attack, and before theaters closed in France in accordance with the country’s declared three days of national mourning, the only remaining physical advertisements for the film in France were the posters displayed in theaters. The studio announced that it would be left up to theaters to decide if they wanted to remove those placards or leave them up, while adding that other regions showing the film were unlikely to be affected by the changes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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