The eighties were the worst decade for the crime film in the French movie industry; the worst. Maybe the first three, and also ONLY, features directed by Jean Claude Missiaen were really worth, but besides this and also LA BALANCE, it was the desert, or this kind of garbage, which I comment now. The TV indusry in the crime domain was too prolific, that hijacked the public from the theaters. The previous decade, the seventies, was far far better, and you'll have to wait till the end of the nineties with J'IRAI AU PARADIS CAR L'ENFER EST ICI, directed by Xavier Durringer, to have a glance of the rebirth of the genre in France. And of course, a couple of years ago, Olivier Marchal arrived and everything started again with GANGSTERS and 36 QUAI DES ORFEVRES. Back to this one, it is really cheap, lousy, but fast paced and not too much boring. Michel Sardou is not Clint Eastwood but is still good for a non professional actor. And characters are better than this productions, because of the above average dialogues, for this kind of production I mean, a grade B picture. Some kind of poor man's Budd Boetticher's movie where Sardou would have the Randy Scott's place.
- Dec 5, 2021
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