Milan and Jonas once were the best friends in the world. Until the day when they had to denounce Serki, a criminal psychopath, to the Mexican police. Six years later Jonas meets up with a ...
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2 cops are promised by the retiring chief of the Paris police that the one, getting the violent gang robbing armored trucks, will get his job. The 2 will do whatever it takes to get the promotion, even if it means breaking the law.
Jo gets out of prison after 15 years after a big heist, and most is changed in his old neighborhood. New gangs and different lives. He's even got a son, which he didn't know about. He is back, and that stirs up the neighborhood.
After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge ... See full summary »
Grandson of a rugby legend, son of a rugby legend and himself a rugby legend, Jo Canavaro brings up his 13 year old son, Tom, alone in a small village in the Tarn region of France. To the ... See full summary »
Milan and Jonas once were the best friends in the world. Until the day when they had to denounce Serki, a criminal psychopath, to the Mexican police. Six years later Jonas meets up with a devastated Milan: Serki has just been released and he is back to Paris seeking vengeance.Written by
Highly stylized crime thriller with a pedestrian story
A couple of ageing club owners start to have a night from hell when a vicious criminal from their past is released from jail and wants vengeance for their role in his capture.
Paris Countdown is a crime thriller that could be described as an exercise in style over substance. To be honest, generally speaking I don't mind this very much as cinematic style is a very seductive thing. In the case of this movie though, while the visual presentation is very slick indeed, the story isn't all that involving. In fact, it's a fairly clichéd affair on the whole, with lots of typical crime characters and settings involved in a plot that doesn't hold any surprises for those who have seen many films from this genre. It sometimes drags a little too and it's always welcome when the action and thrills kick in, which wasn't often enough in my view. Still, it looks pretty good and has pretty impressive cinematography which often makes good use of its Paris setting. There is also a very well executed slow-motion shoot-out in a hallway – more of this inventiveness would have been very welcome. The soundtrack is, typically for a Euro crime film, a selection of pounding clubland tunes – nothing wrong with that of course but, again, nothing new.
So there is plenty of style to burn here but it's not especially inspired.
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