Movie Review #286 BASTILLE DAY.
Run-of-the-mill comedy/thriller set in Paris with an unfortunate American pickpocket in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently getting involved in what looks like a terrorist plot. Enter one rogue CIA man in the form of Idris Elba who very quickly figures that our man is indeed wrong-placed, wrong-timed & proceeds to track the real bad guys using our hero's special set of skills. Lotsa twists & turns as we follow the intrepid pair who are later joined by a female accomplice & all three waltz through Paris amidst gunfire, street protests & betrayals.
The city does form a nice backdrop & I quickly spotted a few places that Glen & I inflicted ourselves upon back in 2011 when on our not-so-big & belated OE.
This one is fairly predictable and there's nothing that really makes it stand out from others of the ilk. Performances are pretty bland too although Elba does make for a pretty menacing tough guy, right down the snarky remarks & odd comic one-liner.
Adequate fair for a wet Sunday afternoon but nothing I can really write home about. 6.5/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since being mesmerized by the giant screen, the darkness that went on forever & the infernally uncomfortable seats + having to stand for God Save the Queen, I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism. My favourite movie of all time is Schindler's List, one of only two movies I've ever cried in (the other was Bambi when I was 6!) & I'm a sucker for a damn good comedy; Dumb & Dumber, The Hangover & Death at a Funeral stand out. I'm also a musician and work in IT. I have 4 grandchildren who also seem to enjoy their movie excursions with grandad. I can be reached at email@example.com.