Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Tommy Lee Jones
Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by
It was the film's combination of high-octane action, mismatched central relationship and sly social engagement that appealed to the film's director and co-scriptwriter, British filmmaker James Watkins. He said: "Hitchcock [Alfred Hitchcock] is my hero and 'Bastille Day' [aka 'The Take'] had a classic Hitchcockian thriller set-up in that it's about the wrong man being in the wrong place at the wrong time - Michael, the pickpocket, who picks the wrong pocket and is the catalyst for a sequence of events that get increasingly out of hand. I thought this harked back to the classic noir-ish thriller of the past such as Samuel Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953)." Watkins added: "My last film [The Woman in Black (2012)] was all about going as slow as I dare. Here I saw an opportunity to tell a story at breathless, breakneck pace. The story recalled the muscular 70s thrillers that I love: shot on the streets, with new lighter handheld cameras, giving the action a raw edge. I wanted to make a film that had the lean and mean quality of tension of Sidney Lumet and William Friedkin's New York." See more »
When the main character leaves the home of the receiver of the stolen goods he spots the sniper because of the laser pointer. No sniper would ever use a laser pointer. See more »
The film is quite good. I just randomly picked it up to watch and it was a good watch. Not a single boring moment. Very good paced. Actors were good and believable. I loved the mixture of English and French. I loved the scenes of Paris as it is my favorite city and I just returned from there last week.
I am not familiar with the mail role and that Afro American actor, but he was really good. Next James Bond?! hahaha I was trying and trying to remember where this 'thief' is familiar from and then I read here: Games of Thrones! Of course ... He was great too and especially coz this is the first ever film with him that I watched.
Of course, French are the ones who are bad here and tried to solve their problems with Muslim population in a very terrible way. And of course, it is Americans who will save the day. I wonder how would they react if anyone makes a movie about French ( or any other nation) saving Black lives in America and doing that undercover exposing deliberate acts of terrorist by the CIA ( like on 9/11 ). Ah, yes, I forgot ... there are no problems in America.
All in all, for what it is, it is a great thriller.
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