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  • The Connection 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    think my expectations were set too high for this film. Telling the European perspective on the plot of The French Connection, this thriller follows the efforts of police in Marseilles to take down a massive heroin ring despite pervasive corruption in the local government. For a good 90% of its length, I was right there with it but, in the final scenes, it faces a narrative challenge that I felt it couldn’t quite overcome. That being said, fans of both police procedurals and swinging 70s cop films will be pleased and it has a fantastic soundtrack. Recommended with reservations.

  • Hyena 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    A thoroughly reprehensible corrupt cop trying to navigate the shifting sands of gang warfare in modern-day London gets predictably in over his head when he tries to make a deal with two psychotic Albanian brothers. Though ultimately I did not like this film very much, I applaud the director for ending it exactly where he should have – despite a Sopranos-like upending of narrative convention.

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