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Bastille Day (2016)

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A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

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James Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel
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Storyline

Michael Mason, a pickpocket 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 Mason's 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 Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Plot Keywords:

pickpocket | cia | bomb | swat team | riot | See All (272) »

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Outside the law, there are no limits. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | France | USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Take See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,397,593, 20 November 2016
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director James Watkins told lead actor Idris Elba to study great film anti-heroes like Dirty Harry (1971) and Popeye Doyle from The French Connection (1971) films before filming began. See more »

Goofs

MId-way through the film, one of the 'newscasters' refers to the 'Bastille day procession' - it's not a procession, it's a military parade. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael Mason: So where do I go from here? I didn't even get the money. Are the CIA gonna reimburse me?
Sean Briar: Guess you gotta get a job.
Michael Mason: A job? The CIA for anything going?
Sean Briar: Yeah, you can clean the cars.
Michael Mason: Cleaning like swept for bombs?
Sean Briar: No, buddy. Soap and water.
Michael Mason: What about something in surveillance?
Sean Briar: I don't think so.
Michael Mason: The mailroom?
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Weapon
Written by Dan Smith, Raykeea Wilson (aka Angel Haze), Mark Crew, Dan Priddy
Performed by Bastille, Angel Haze, 'F*U*G*Z', Braque
(p) Virgin Records Ltd
© WWKD / Angel Haze LTD
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Better than Bourne!
17 August 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

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.

Specifically:

* 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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