Movies that are slightly off.
In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job.
You're just not used to French cinema pumping out completely daft action films like this - or at least you weren't back in the late 1990s when this was released. This is one of the earlier flat-out French action films and one whose style is still being emulated in Gallic actioners to this day.
Plot logic and continuity are thrown out of the window in exchange for some pretty good (if not all that exhilarating, compared to some other films, including in its sequels) car chases and long lingering shots of Emma Sjoberg and Marion Cotillard's legs and breasts. That was probably enough for some people, and shamelessly gratuitous. In a good way
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Eine Filmreihe die mich an meine Kindheit erinnert. Habe die damals von meinem großen Bruder bekommen und hab glaub ich jeden Film mindestens 3 mal angekuckt.
Teil 1 hat typischen Französischen Soundtrack mit coolen Hip Hop Beats und Scratches, dumme Polizisten und das Auto das ich noch vor Transporter schon immer mal haben wollte.
Fun Fact: Daniels Frisur hatte ich auch mal eine zeit lang. (Blonder eingefärbter Streifen an der Seite)
It's the story of an amazing speed racer and his taxicab and how he ends up helping an inept police department catch a gang of bank thieves. It's silly as hell but fun too. It's probably the most unflattering portrait of police officers that I've ever seen in a comedy. You'd think The Simpsons' police department was based on this lot. Oh, yeah. I almost forgot, it also presents a naked Marion Cotillard. Just saying.
Hilarious. And one of the hottest performances of all time from Marion Cotillard.
This is the original that the Queen Latifah one was based on. That one was a dismal assault on all fronts; this one knows it's bad, and so it runs with it. Weepy piano music at the beginning conditions you to not take what it says seriously. At least I can respect a film which doesn't acclaim to be a Bressonian takedown on [Insert Quandaries of the World Here]. Even if such a film is still pretty boring (the ending turns into a wanna-be French Connection/Blues Brothers mess of a car-chase that isn't interesting in the slightest). The attempts at comedy are also pretty humdrum (Though there is one cheeky moment which I enjoy which involves the cop stripping down to his underwear and attempting to consummate his desire for his boss; later, it's revealed in an off-hand comment by the boss-lady if the slap hurt the cop at all.)
Good fun, likeable characters and Marion Cotillard.
Pretty fun, but also pretty artificial
An excellent peace of French cinema - funny but full of action. Still one of the best car involved movies out there, in my opinion. Movie features real life driving stunts, great soundtrack and quality, fast-looking shots of street racing, not that computer trash Fast and Furious series are used to now.
If you love cars, action and to have fun, this should be on your list. I hope you like to read subs, cause its in French.
April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #19: A film nominated for a Cesar Award for Best Film or Best Foreign Film.
Taxi is a very entertaining French action-comedy movie. It tells the story of a skilled taxi driver who helps the police department catch a group of criminals. The plot isn't great, and serves mostly as a catalyst for the action scenes. The characters are very likable, and the interactions between them are funny. Plus, Marion Cotillard is really hot in this one. So overall, Taxi is an amusing movie, filled with lighthearted humor and decent action scenes.
I saw this years ago and it hit a spot. Only a 3 star film but a fun one that I don't mind going back to. I even bought the import Blu as the picture quality of my DVD was atrocious.
Not good. Pretty damn boring to be honest. The driving scenes are pretty lame. But Marion Cotillard 😳 wow.
An entertaining action film from director Gerard Pires.
Le duo Daniel et Emilien, le début d'une histoire entre ces deux-là mais aussi avec nous. C'est gros, c'est lourd, c'est Marseille quoi ! Mais c'est bon quand même ! On regarde, on reregarde, on rererererererereregarde et on accroche toujours !
Really enjoyable fluff.
Marion Cotillard is so young.
Very clever use of CGI.
But the main thing is: it features stunts! Real, actual stunts with stunt drivers and everything.
To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers. - IMDB
The reason that I've started to watch the French action/comedy series of Taxi films, was that I wanted to see all of the work by one of favourite actresses, Marion Cotillard.
She's not in them a great deal and that's probably it's biggest downfall, for me. It's not too bad. Entertaining enough.
On to the next one..