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The Connection

2014, Crime/Drama, 2h 15m

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The Connection doesn't do itself any favors by forcing comparisons to The French Connection, but it's a reasonably entertaining thriller in its own right. Read critic reviews

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In 1970s France, dedicated cop Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) risks his life to crack a heroin ring masterminded by powerful mobster Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche).

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  • May 02, 2015
    This is a polished French product, as one would expect, even if the personages are a little caricatured. The production is perfectly styled for 1970s Marseille, and the bright, white Mediterranean light and sweeping coastal vistas are superb. The story is gripping on the French drug-busting theme, with some dangerous Italian wit on the side. No film on the French Connection would be complete without a car chase; this one is not what you'd expect. Rather strangely, just as you think that the film is about to end, it starts up again with the characters taking on wholly new aspects, even reversals of who they previously were, as if you are watching not even two episodes of a miniseries stitched together, which perhaps it was designed to be, but a rather disjointed sequel. The ending is most unsatisfactory, as indeed it must have been, if that is what occurred, but it is not surprising. A lot of modern crime fiction and film from Europe today is about the inevitability of corruption and the persistence of the various gangs and clans. It seems then that little has changed, except no doubt to get worse, since the period depicted in this film.
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