Paris Countdown (2013)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
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Unable to repay their debts, Milan and Victor, best friends and co-owners of a Paris nightclub are lured into a drug deal that goes bad. Tortured by police, they negotiate their freedom against an overwhelming testimony that condemns their psychotic liaison to prison. Six years later, the men's nightmare begins again when the psychopath is granted his freedom. Now, not having talked for years, the old friends are united again in order to survive. PARIS COUNTDOWN is directorial debut from
Nov 8, 2013 Limited
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That's a lot of stuff going on at once, all of which feels rather familiar but none of which the film ever truly gets right.
It's a mildly interesting thriller - Paris through the eyes of a director who doesn't know how to make its beauty menacing.
Despite the ingredients for a rousing shoot-'em-up (two-timing hit men, a slo-mo shoot-out, chartreuse-filtered scenes in Mexico) it's hard to buy the leads' mastery of this world of fist-pumps and violence.
Those with a fetish for the smashing of faces - against rocks, bourbon glasses, windshields, and the like - might enjoy Edgar Marie's crime thriller Paris Countdown.
Despite possessing some definite strengths, the film ultimately feels as though it's hewing to a well-honed formula.
Paris Countdown has style to burn, where "style" means "uses lots of lighting gels and some camera flourishes," but it doesn't have a coherent point of view or a solid take on the genre.
Aims to be a slick piece of action entertainment, but there's little imagination beyond the age of the lead characters, and while the feature is mercifully simplistic, it's rarely engaging, even as a violent distraction.
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