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The TAXI series (this is obviously the third installment) are highly
successful French movies which for mysterious reasons are never distributed
in USA (or at least in Miami).
Created and produced by the legendary and admired (ex-director) Luc Besson (you remember him from masterpieces like The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue or The Fifth Element) he managed to create a mix of action and comedy, with some of ingenuous gags, some adults jokes and plenty of action (mostly car stunts) and very mild violence and overall VERY HUMAN.
TAXI 3 tracks Emilien's (the police officer) obsession to catch a gang disguised as Santa Claus with the help of Daniel (the nuts taxi driver) both trying to overcome their conjugal issues and the pregnancy of their wives. The story is very simple (as is the movie short), so everything rest on the characters (some of them very funny and some not so) and on the impressive stunts which are really very good and a lot more realistic than the computer generated car chases of Bad Boys II.
As I said before, it is really a pity this funny movies get no distribution here. Of course Hollywood can make things like this. Technically better probably but without the natural grace and believability of this very sympathetic group of actors.
For all you intelektuwal critics: this movie is not meant to be the subject of a 100+ pages paper, it is meant to be fun, fun, fun. And oh yes, the Taxi-series delivers again. Excellent music, supercool acting jobs all around, offbeat humor and absolutely no twelve-year-olds doing magic stuff... really, what more do you want?
If you like Taxi 1 and Taxi 2, you must see Taxi 3. It isn't a perfect
movie but is still funny and has good Taxi stunt scenes (speed,
pursuit, braking e.t.c) like Taxi 1 and 2. The cops (police) can't
drive!! (they always crash their cars and this is very funny).
It's too bad the movie is too short, but is entertaining almost all the time. I would prefer the bad guys drive cars like the Mercedes(Taxi 1) or the black Lancer Evos (Taxi 2)instead of skates. This movie never arrived to México so I watched on TV. Yes, I think Taxi 1 and 2 are better, but again, this movie (Taxi 3) is still funny. Very good actors and actress
Taxi 4 I haven't seen yet!!
Definitely, this is the worst Luc Besson movie I've ever seen! I'm really
disappointed after the first Taxi (pah, that was a great movie!) and the
second Taxi (was more commercial than good).
Stupid story, based on the 1st part with the Mercedes-gang, now they are the Santa-gang. So what? Nothing new!
Best points in the movie: 1) The jokes with the french police 2) The last snow-scene, ok that was a little bit creative (Daniel's car gets with every part of Taxi more science-fiction-functions, now it can slide on snow!!!) 3) Of course, the music! 4) Fans of Sylvester Stallone can see him speaking french! :)
So, thats it. And at last: If you are NOT a Taxi-fan, the movie is not worth seeing it! Don't get disappointed of Luc Besson!
Yes, it is funny but I am getting a little tired of watching the same thing the third time around. I like the first one because it was fresh and different... But, Taxi 3 is just a copy of the previous 2 with a little new twist... I hope there will be no Taxi 4 coming out any time soon...
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Just finished watching all three Taxi movies. I liked Taxi 1, 'meh'ed
at Taxi 2, and (thinking that a trend has begun and that Taxi 3 would
suck so bad), I found myself laughing a LOT at Taxi 3...
The jokes were funny and unexpected. The little throwaway gag of a policeman on a bicycle and his partner running beside him was made even funnier by how the politicians/ministers commented on it. Other jokes: The pregnancy test! The torture! The hidden 8 month pregnancy! Bai Ling! (actually, she wasn't too bad)
Acting seemed more natural or at least more in character in this movie. The caricatures of Daniel, Lilly and Emilien were better defined with a real sense of camaraderie between Daniel and Emilien. Their scenes together have them really playing off each other. I did notice a little "Are they JUST friends?" vibe in Taxi 2 and their "We're going from friends to Daddies together!" scene totally made fun of the homo eroticism (or whatever it was I imagined)!
Also, it was interesting how Lilly evolved from a 2D romantic interest in Taxi 1 to a phone-no-sex-buddy in Taxi 2 to a nagging but still loving girlfriend here (and she finally gets to sit in the TAXI!). The inspector just cracks me up with his soft, too-calm "Emilien" after the Santa Claus suit incident. This was so much funnier than a screaming "Emmmmeeeeellliienn!" And his key words! "Concertation. Reflexion. Action!" with the perfect gestures and arm-pumping motion. (Question: I thought the inspector hated all foreigners? So why the Bai Ling crush?) And who knew Alain (the token French black dude) was so funny! hehe, "I'm used to it." Funny facial expressions. Kinda glad they showed a little more of him in this film.
All three movies were very well paced for action comedies. Right number of laughs and heart stopping scenes! The actors seemed to have fun in this one and you can really feel it. I didn't even mind that Samy Naceri looks ridiculously old (since the first one where he was 37!) because he just IS cocky yet charming Daniel and no one else can replace him. If you have this on DVD, make sure to watch the "Making of" special feature because seriously, how does the car miss the little camera in the middle of the road?!
Video Games Influence: "Crazy Taxi" AND "Jet Grind Radio" (and a little bit of "Burnout") hee!
Lots of fun , laughs and car races . This thrilling as well as humorous
motion picture blends action packed , car pursuits , comedy , shootouts
, rip roaring and turns out to be pretty amusing . Displays nonstop
action and is extremely bemusing and hilarious . The movie is developed
in Marseille , as usual , there foul-mouthed Cabbie (Sami Narcery) join
forces with a bungler police inspector , a loser named Emilien
(Frederic Diefenthal) . A gang of thieves calling themselves the Santa
Claus band are committing robbing , and the police can't keep up .
Police Captain Gilbert (Bernard Farcy) is distracted by a Chinese
journalist (Bai Ling) writing a story on his group , detective
Emilien's sweetheart (Emma Sjöberg as Petra) has just announced that
she's pregnant, and taxi driver Daniel is in the midst of a
relationship crisis with Lilly Bertineau (Marion Cotillard) who is also
pregnant . After a string of errors in which the thieves outsmart the
police time and time again with a journalist there to record it all ,
the sympathetic Cabbie Daniel and his super-taxi go into action . Out
to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must
also handle major changes in their personal relationships .
The film displays action , comedy , intrigue , tongue in check and results to be entertaining , though predictable . There are chases galore in breathtaking velocity and with impressive finale race cars , causing wreak havoc and destruction , being realized by magnificent stunts and including excellent visual effects . From the start to the ending the action pace is fast moving , provides fast and furious entertainment with spectacular scenes . It's a run of the mill action-comedy film but from the initial to the final the fast movement and amusement is unstopped . Breathtaking scenes when take place alpine skiing , parachuting images and others in James Bond style . The laughters and chuckles are varied and giggles are based about diverse characters and differences of the protagonists , but they are the unlikeliest pals . The film is thrilling and humorous at times but is also ridiculous and embarrassing . However sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions, it's frankly delicious . Likable and ordinary cast as Frédéric Diefenthal , Emma Wiklund , Bernard Farcy , Marion Cotillard , Sami Narcery ; even though they play a romantic couple that looks the same age, Samy Naceri was born 15 years before Marion Cotillard . Special appearance Sylvester Stallone, who appears in a cameo at the beginning of the movie, is dubbed for the French version . Lively and atmospheric musical score adjusted to the action by DJ Kore and DJ Skalp , composed by means of synthesizer . Glamorous and colorful cinematography by Gerard Sterin .
This French buddy-cop movie is lavishly produced by great producer and director Luc Besson and professionally directed by Gérard Krawczyk (Wasabi , Fanfan La Tulipe , Heroines) . The original titled Taxi (1998) by Gerard Pires was followed by three sequels : Taxi 2 (2000), Taxi 3 (2003) y Taxi 4 (2007) , most of them directed by Gerard Krawczyc and same actors and an American version with Queen Lafitah , Jimmy Fallon and directed by Tim Story . The flick will appeal to adrenaline lovers and those young people looking for amusing and strong emotions . It's a must see for the cars buffs and Taxi series enthusiasts .
I've seen the Taxi I and Taxi II several years ago. Taxi I is just so so but Taxi II is a great one. It's a very funny film with good action scenes. So I got a bit excited after the release of Taxi III. The beginning is good and funny with Stallone. After that, the whole storyline is really dumb and stupid. I can't believe it is written by Luc Besson. And I think even I can make it better than Luc. Also there is no great stunt in this film. The only creative thing in this film is the taxi being changed as a sled vehicle. If it is some kind of Hollywood trash, I may accept it. As a fan of Luc Besson, I'm really disappointed. I give it a 3 out of 10.
The best thing I can say about this movie is that it made me laugh.
Some of the jokes and scenes were easily on level with the first two
movies. Add to that healthy chemistry between the two leads and you get
all the ingredients needed for a good buddy-cop movie.
Unfortunately, Besson simply fails to string these bits and pieces into a coherent whole. Bad guys are the repeat from the second part, only without kung-fu and cool cars (pretty stupid decision for a movie targeting car enthusiast), and their plans and actions are complete nonsense. The whole plot seems to be there just as an excuse to throw in a bunch of obvious self-references, lame cameos (Sylvester Stalone as a secret agent?) and extreme sport mix-tapes (Besson's latest fetish, it seems).
Action scenes are the final nail on the coffin. The Taxi series never had really spectacular car chases (the closest they came was the Paris scene in Taxi II), but they at least HAD some chases. Here, it's all bikes, monster-trucks, roller-skates and skis. Daniel's taxi performs several stunts and grows a few more SF accessories, but it doesn't really have much to work with, given the opposing arsenal.
Overall, the movie has some funny bits (even more if you speak French), but the rest of it was pretty disappointing.
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Yesterday I saw the new Taxi movie part 3. I really enjoyed the first 2
movies and was looking forward to see this one. Before watching it I
saw on this site that the same players as before we're in it, so that was
all right. But what was the script gonna be like?
*** Some Spoilers of scene's!!! ***
The movie starts with a really good actionscene with Sylvester Stallone (speaking French!!) involved. Great! But after that scene, the speed of the movie slows down a bit and never returns. Not that it was boring or bad, but after the first two parts you just want to see good car scene's and superb action.
Also it seems that the director (same as Taxi 2) was running out of ideas so he started to cut and cut and cut until it was like watching short movies within a movie.
The same for the script writer: A lot of ideas and gimmicks were already in 1 and 2 so it was hard to see any 'new' things. Ofcourse... if Daniel drives his taxi through the snow in Val D'Isere it looks good. But it's too much over the top to be really enjoyable.
Overall it wasn't a bad movie, but after two excellent movies it could have been a lot better.
3 stars out of 5.
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