The French Connection II (1975)
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Critic Reviews for The French Connection II
French Connection II, sequel or no, comes off as more of a felt work, and what I make contact with through it is a director.
may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic
The last ten minutes are the best thing about it (that final shot is one of the best of the '70s), and it's no coincidence that in this ten minutes Frankenheimer returns to his technician passions.
While it certainly is a couple of notches below its action classic original, French Connection II is still a darned good action film that maintains the core of its central character and has some added layers that are genuinely disturbing.
you can't help but feel a sense of disillusionment ... because the finality of it is so harsh and so sudden that it draws your attention less to the idea of justice served than it does to the brute simplicity of violent retribution and the ultimately cycl
Audience Reviews for The French Connection II
Not as exciting as the first installment (at least not until the final 15 minutes of the film), Perhaps too much time was spent on the addiction/recovery aspects of the story, and I did not feel the international political intrigue was played up as well as it might have been. Still, it is a worthy sequel.
A great follow up to the first and in many ways just as entertaining. Itâ€™s more about Popeye Doyle rather than the case, but thatâ€™s basically what I would want. Gene Hackman plays the character so well that you could watch him for hours and not get tired. I love the fact that it actually ties into the first one without becoming dependent on it. While it might have the same look, itâ€™s a very different film. The characters change and it becomes more about revenge. The heroin scenes really do have an effect on you and I think itâ€™s a step that was necessary to make it as gritty as the original. Definitely a great movie that can stand on its own as a crime epic.
Incredibly grim sequel to one of the best hard-boiled cop movies of the 70s, Popeye Doyle blusters into France to find himself out of his depth and completely ineffectual in this strange land. Add to this the humiliation of being kidnapped and completely broken by the bad guy who deliberately hooks him on heroin, and a wrath-filled vengeance is assured. Sometimes difficult to watch, but a powerful sequel.
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