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'The Connection': EW review

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Jerome Mace

The Connection

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
135 minutes
release date:
05/15/15
Limited Release Date:
05/15/15
Wide Release Date:
05/15/15
performer:
Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche
director:
Cedric Jimenez
genre:
Action, Crime, Thriller

We gave it a B+

Cédric Jimenez’s epic gangland import has been called the French version of 1971’s Best Picture winner The French Connection. But it actually feels more like a Gallic riff on Michael Mann’s Heat, chronicling the tribal rites and rituals on both sides of the law: the ruthless Marseille heroin ring led by a suave, sadistic Gilles Lellouche, and the relentless magistrate (Jean Dujardin) who spent years hunting them down. Jimenez’s sprawling cat-and-mouse thriller loses momentum and focus in the homestretch, but until then its ’70s sun-and-sin-on-the-Côte d’Azur vibe is electric. B+

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