La Mentale: The Code (2004)
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Upon his release from prison, hardened criminal Dris (Samuel Le Bihan) sets out to eschew his past life and live a peaceful, crime-free existence with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Dris's cousin Yanis (Samy Naceri) has plans to entangle him in a variety of illicit activities, and attempts to coax the ex-con back into a lawless existence. Now a powerful mob boss, Yanis has longed for his cousin's release for years, firmly believing that together they can rule the crime-strewn streets of their
Feb 13, 2004 Wide
May 11, 2004
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.
A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.
A routine gangster picture with a lot of internecine turf wars and a rush of angry dialogue being spat about, accompanied by English subtitles.
A boring and violent French crime thriller.
The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.
[Samuel Le Bihan] should have Hollywood at his feet.... He's more the French Liam Neeson than the next Olivier Martinez.
Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.
This hack job simply apes the conventions of dumb, homegrown crime dramas.
If the plot comes off more like a reworking of Scorsese's tales of Italian-American mobsters, Boursinhac nevertheless shows a sure hand with his story.
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