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Director James Watkins' first point of reference for the film was the New York films of the 1970s and 1980s such as Serpico (1973), Prince of the City (1981), and The French Connection (1971). Watkins said: "They're very much grounded in the moment and have that really gritty feel and I was looking to marry that with bigger American production values." See more »
When the helicopter lands on the roof on the National Bank, it is very obvious that a remote control helicopter model was used instead of an actual helicopter. See more »
I'm torn between a 6 and 7 for this film. This has everything a good thriller should have, but nothing notably unique about the film or the way it's done past the protagonists and some of the cinematography.
The film is a spiral into chaos and the characters are very likable, forming an unlikely friendship between a thief and a CIA agent. Idris Elba and Richard Madden show off some great acting that really drives the film, with the dialogue between the two easily being my favourite part of the film. The directing is great, too, with a riveting chase sequence that looks and feels exciting and some lovely cinematography in France.
The premise isn't anything amazing, but throwing a sly, witty pocket thief into the mix of what would be an ordinary every-year thriller is what drives the film and makes it anything worth noting. If you're going to see this film for any reason, it should be for the two leads. Bastille Day is nothing unique, but it's definitely a good film if you're in the mood for a thriller (however I'd recommend Eye in the Sky over this). This is a film for people that are into thrillers and fun character interaction.
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