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Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)
"Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse" (original title)

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Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinrich von Garten
L'ermite borgne
La femme de Philippe
Augustin Legrand ...
Serge Riaboukine ...
Père Vincent
Père Dominique
Francis Renaud ...
Flic Reda #1
David Saracino ...
Flic Reda #2
Flic #1
Flic #2
Jo Prestia ...
Prêtre tueur


Chief Niemans is investigating a series of ritual murders: The victims are crucified. He teams up with young officer Reda, who gets embroiled after a man dressed as a monk tries to kill a confused guy Reda picked up on the street. Together with a specialist on christian mythology they uncover a mysterious group called "Angels of the Apokalypse". Written by kaeng

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An unholy crime... An unstoppable killer... Caught in a deadly tide.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

18 February 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Crimson Rivers: Angels of the Apocalypse  »

Box Office


€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,025,280 (France) (20 February 2004)


$106,015 (Brazil) (1 October 2004)

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Did You Know?


The guns used by the main characters in this film are: Niemans (Jean Reno): Taurus PT 99 Reda (Benoît Magimel): HK P2000 Marie (Camille Natta): Ruger SP 101 See more »


In the scene where Reno get hit, there is a close up view on the machine gun feed belt where we can clearly see that it's blank ammunition they are firing on See more »


Reda: You still never told me.
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Reda: The name of your dog.
Commissaire Niemans: I found an interesting name, a dangerous dog's name.
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Commissaire Niemans: Yes, I called him... Reda!
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References The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) See more »


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Raiders of the Lost Duhhh Vinci Code
26 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems that contemporary filmmakers find it difficult to deal seriously with religion. It's much easier to latch on to something in the Bible that they don't quite understand (the Ark, Mary Magdalene, the book of Revelation) and try to create supernatural thrillers under a cloak (in this film's case, a LITERAL cloak) of religiosity.

This film is never quite sure what genre it wants to belong to. Is it just a bloody horror show, or an apocalyptic thriller, or perhaps even a post-WWII neo-Nazi conspiracy film? You might think any of the above, depending on when you started watching. There is some wonderful scenery from the French/German border area, along with astounding stunt work and adrenaline-rush chase scenes. But the plot never clicks, and the ending, although full of excitement, is empty of meaning and resolution. The underground scenes, drenched in water, almost made me wonder if Jeunet took over the direction at that point.

Jean Reno and Christopher Lee are both thrown away in their generic roles as tough cop and dastardly villain. Lee's final scene is such a blatant ripoff of the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK that I wonder how he did it with a straight face. I saw this on cable with closed captioning. I would have preferred French dialog with subtitles. The English dubbing is lifeless (with all Europeans using bland American accents), and the captioning frequently disagrees with the audio track, occasionally even mistranslating French idioms. Skip this one unless you just want to skim the action sequences!

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