SUBJECT AND SCREENPLAY:
LUC BESSON, MICHELE PETIN, LAURENT PETIN PER ARP - COFIMAGE 9 - LE STUDIO CANAL + - STUDIO IMAGES - TF1 FILMS PRODUCTIONS
MASSIMO DE AMBROSIS
An enjoyable fast-moving film set in Marseilles with a silly policeman who, in order to defeat a gang of violent robbers, is helped by a taxi-driver with racing-car driver ambitions. The film is dubbed unfortunately in a clichéd manner rendering the spontaneity of the interpreters monotonous and not giving the film its’ potential; the voices, especially the male roles, are feigned, sometimes too exaggerated and often inadequate. Good however the mother of the policeman.
Sit-com direction of third degree: so much for a pound.
The dialogues are not brilliant, with unexpressed comical situations or otherwise painfully expressed.
Huge mistake: garage in French means mechanics/car repairs, not “garage”, which in Italian literally means “garage”/car-park.
[original review in Italian by Marnie Bannister ]