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James Watkins, the film's director and co-screenwriter, said of the lead central character of Sean Briar, who is portrayed by actor Idris Elba: "Briar's character - uncompromising, brutal, reckless - had shades of Popeye Doyle [from The French Connection (1971) films], Dirty Harry (1971) or Walker from John Boorman's Point Blank (1967). The notion of Idris Elba playing this role was irresistible to me. His combustible relationship with the streetwise Michael struck me immediately as the beating heart of the film and I liked the opportunities this relationship gave for lighter moments. It reminded me of the gruff, salty humor of early Don Siegel / Clint Eastwood collaborations or classics like Midnight Run (1988) and 48 Hrs. (1982) where the tone shift gears from gritty action to more playful moments whilst never breaking character." See more »
In the scene when Karen (Kelly Reilly) is trying to get Sean (Idris Elba) to come in with the two suspects, she tells him he is going "off the renovation". The correct term is "off the reservation". See more »
[while looking for Zoe to prove Michael's innocence, Briar and Michael have tracked a man to a bar]
What's the play? You gonna go stick a gun in his mouth, too?
No, if they see me, they'll move her. They didn't get a good look at you.
Come on. You wanna clear your name? That guy in there knows where Zoe is. Go in there, get me a lead.
No *fucking* way.
Listen, Michael, this is an opportunity. The agency, they don't just recruit Ivy League types. They need people like you, street smart. ...
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A film which the French police will not necessarily appreciate
First, this film looks like an Europacorp crap factory production. I would have thought of Pierre Morel or Louis Leterrier as directors. Yes it pretty looks like a TAKEN or other trash from Besson's crap factory, all those action flicks with American actors and taking place in Paris. But let's be fair, that remains a B movie blown up to a grade A one. I loved the rogue cops scheme, it had the potential to be a great film from this, only from this. But the rest of it is forgettable, the acting and directing are awful. AWFUL. The escape sequence from the police truck is pretty close to a sequence, also an escape from a police truck, in HANNIBAL series. And the heist looks like the one in DIE HARD 3..
it could have been better, and I even think that Besson's Europacorp could have been better. A better garbage product. But it remains a corny and appreciable time waster.
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