Taxi (1998) Movie Review

Director: Gerard Pires

Writer: Luc Besson (Screenplay)

Starring: Samy Naceri, Frederic Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary, Emma Wiklund, Bernard Farcy

Plot: To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun

Story: Taxi starts as slick pizza delivery man and scooter racer Daniel (Naceri) finally gets his dream job, as a taxi driver in Marseilles, his driving skills means he can complete the fares which others wouldn’t get completed. Police officer Emilien (Diefenthal) is still struggling to pick up driving, which is making his own position a problem, when the latest job is to stop German thieves.

When the two meet, Emilien sees a chance to redeem himself, while letting Daniel off the misdemeanours he has been committing behind the wheel, as the unlikely duo look to capture the German thieves.

Thoughts on Taxi

Characters – Daniel is a speed demon, he races scooters and once he gets his taxi licence, he uses this passion for racing as a challenge to get fares to destination on time, only this sees him speeding with Emilien in his car, needing to make up for his mistake, he offers to help Emilien crack the case he is working on, as the two become friends. Emilien is a clumsy cop, he can’t pick up driving, with his actions leading to more problems, he knows his time is limited and uses his new found friendship to crack the case that will impress the super intendant. The pair work well together showing they can fill the weaknesses they both have. Lilly is Daniel’s girlfriend that is always missing the chance to spend time with him. Camille is Emilien’s mother that is the only person he has in his life, with her ever positive mood reflecting onto him.

PerformancesSamy Naceri and Frederic Diefenthal together are great to watch, with excellent chemistry together through the whole film. Marion Cotillard in the supporting role is fun, but we don’t get to see enough of her character.

StoryThe story here follows a speed demon taxi driver that reluctantly joins forces with a down on his luck cop to try and take down a group of German thieves in France. This is a buddy comedy, with two different people working together for the greater good, the pair get laughs as they plan for the next robbery. It does show us how sometimes you must find a way to outsmart the criminal and is designed to get more flash out of the car chases, with the comedy in the partnership. We don’t need to get much deeper with everything, letting the simple idea shine through.

Action/ComedyThe action in the film is very entertaining, with flash car chases all the way through, with the comedy coming from seeing how the two as they get through the days together.

SettingsThe film is set in Marseilles, which does bring together a couple of tighter streets and a different location for the car chases, that we would have seen before.

Scene of the Movie – The final chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough of Lilly.

Final Thoughts Fun action comedy that doesn’t hold back on the action, while letting the comedy flow nicely.

Overall: Enjoyable.

Signature Entertainment presents Taxi on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge – Release Announced


Synopsis: John Brock is a down-on-his-luck archaeologist who returns from an expedition to the caves of rural Kentucky, after unsuccessfully trying to locate a mysterious relic that his family has sought for generations. Upon his return, John starts to see dream-like visions of a ferocious bird-like creature from ancient folklore.

John soon learns that the cave he came into contact with on his last expedition was indeed the cave that contains the relic, and also a portal to Hell and a place of worship for the occult. John discovers that the only way to stop the increasingly realistic visions is to go back to the cave with his family, find the relic once and for all, and destroy it…

The Descent meets The Exorcist, with a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in for good measure, in this suspenseful thrill-ride starring iconic Star Trek legend William Shatner, Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Jason Brooks (Star Trek, 2009), Jackie Dallas (Stranger Things) and Michael Yahn (Daredevil).

Limbo (2019) Movie Review

Director: Mark Young

Writer: Mark Young (Screenplay)

Starring: Lucian Charles Collier, Scottie Thompson, Lew Temple, Peter Jacobson, Veronica Cartwright, James Purefoy

Plot: A murderer finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney.

Tagline – One Hell of a Story

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Uniquely Enjoyable

Story: Limbo starts when Jimmy (Temple) awakes in Balthazar’s (Collier) office, where he is being prepared for afterlife after committing a murder, leaving children orphaned, only facing his hearing which seems like a one way ticket to hell, Cassiel (Thompson) arrives to defend him.

As Cassiel presents Jimmy’s life, where he has been caught in the middle a violent cycle and he might have done some good in his life and instead of condemning him to more torture, he should be given a chance of peace.

Thoughts on Limbo

Characters – Balthazar is a prosecutor that has dealt with the dead for years now, he has seen the worst in humanity come through his doors on the way to hell, with the latest one being one that seems cut and dry, he has pressure from above to make sure he gets the job done quickly, but Cassiel is only going to make thing more complicated. Cassiel is a rookie defence lawyer that believes she can get Jimmy off the one way ticket to hell, she believes his life made his decisions more difficult than they needed to be. Jimmy is the man who has died after committing a murder, he is due to go to hell for his actions, but gets caught up in the middle of the battle between lawyers, we see how he lived his life, that never gave him an early change in life, he tried to do the right thing more often then not. We get see the different levels of demons that are trying to get the results they want, knowing they are working for a bigger boss that will question everything that comes their way.

PerformancesLucian Charles Collier and Scottie Thompson on either side of the case are both great to watch they both show the conviction in their characters, with Lucian showing a worn down side to his, and Scottie showing the righteous side to hers. Lew Temple fits this role perfectly, someone who has sinned, while doing the right thing along the way. The rest of the cast add to the quirky side to the story, bringing their colourful characters to life.

StoryThe story here follows a trial between angels who are deciding whether a man should go to heaven or hell, as they look through his life to make the decision on his final reckoning. This is a nice spin on a courtroom film, it shows us how both sides would put an argument forward for sinners or not, does one bad thing make someone deserving of an eternity of suffering or can they balance it out in life, that is the big question being asked here. The story does have plenty of quirky moments with how different characters arrive demand answers and expect certain things to go their way only. We have a clever idea that plays into everything that could imagined, with the idea of interviewing dead people from your life too adding to moments of humour we experience through the film.

Horror/ComedyThe horror side of this film comes from what could happened to Jimmy if convicted to hell, most things are left to our imagination on this side of things, while the comedy comes from the different characters we are meeting along the way.

SettingsThe film uses a office like setting for hearing, this keeps it contained to a conversation level, with the lighting showing us in a dark place, while the looking back scenes show the brightness of life that Jimmy once had.

Scene of the Movie – The final outcome.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The world feels well built, but we could have seen more from what the prison cells mean.

Final Thoughts This is a quirky comedy that will get plenty of laughs along the way, it brings to life the unusually and shows that even in death there could be lawyers to decide your fate.

Overall: Fun, quirky comedy horror.