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
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
Star Idris Elba was very enthusiastic about director James Watkins' decision to film in Paris, France. Elba said: "I'm a big fan of films using cities in a way that don't seem touristy, and this film lets the audience discover a very different side of Paris. James Watkins was very specific about that; he wanted to make Paris a part of this film in a way that we haven't seen in a film for a while." Co-star Richard Madden agreed: "It was great to go to parts of Paris which are very residential and outside the center. Yes, we see the Grand Boulevards and other touristy parts, but there are lots of scenes inside apartments or apartment buildings, in abandoned buildings, dark alleys. The film offers a real spectrum of what Paris has got to offer." Producer David Kanter said: "We hope the film gives audiences everywhere a different perspective on what a tough, muscular and serious city Paris is. It's not just a beautiful place, it's also a tough working city and I think we get into that in a very meaningful way for the story." 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 »
I can't believe that cop fucking shot at me!
You're a terrorist subject who killed four people... what did you expect?
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I am not speaking frivolously when I say that overall, although produced with a fraction of the budget, this is a much better film than the fourth Bourne.
* great opener -- film opens with a dramatic situation that immediately grabs the viewers' attention. You have "connection" from the getgo.
* great script --- many layers and twists. Clever dialog. (At one point the bad guys gloat about how they are manipulating "the hashtags" -- thereby dissing an entire generation. Another line of dialog refers to the use of "action and reaction" to achieve their end -- which is a very sophisticated dig at how politics are managed today.)
* Director writer Watkins know to keep things interesting, you are never bored.
* Elba is nothing short of awesome. Other reviewers are saying he could be a major international action figure. Agree!
Solid entertainment, does not take the viewer for granted, and the clever story keeps you hooked.
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