RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 92 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JAMES WATKINS SCREENPLAY ANDREW BALDWIN STARRING IDRIS ELBA, RICHARD MADDEN, CHARLOTTE LE BON, ERIQ EBOUANEY, JOSE GARCIA MUSIC ALEX HEFFES
Bastille Day stars Idris Elba as a former CIA agent and Richard Madden as a talented pick pocket thief who becomes recruited to team up with Idris Elba’s character to take down a terrorist group in Paris, France.
First off, this movie is a straight up action flick with Idris Elba kicking bunch of ass. It kind of reminds me of Liam Neeson and his turn into a Hollywood action star, considering the stage in the career both actors are at right now. However, I certainly hope that’s not what will happen with Mr Elba eventually because I think very highly of him and his talents should be better served in more dramatic roles. But he does a good job as a butt kicking ex CIA agent and is being accompanied by Richard Madden as a talented sidekick. This makes for a fine buddy cop adventure with a lot of humor.
But here is where the problems start. I don’t particular think that their chemistry was as interesting as it should have been. Nothing about their relationship really sticks out and while they certainly complement one another, it just isn’t very interesting to watch them on screen together.
Same goes for the rest of the cast. Charlotte Le Bon and Kelly Rilley play side characters, but nothing about them is memorable.
Jose Garcia plays the villain and is serviceable. But that’s about it.
PLOT (NO SPOILERS)
In general, the main problem about this flick is that it’s very generic and by the numbers. To be honest, the most interesting thing about it is the European setting, but only because Hollywood action flick usually don’t take place in such an environment, which is a shame.
The action of the film, however, is pretty good and there are some good chase scenes along the roofs of Paris and some nice car action. Also, while having a pickpocket thief on the team is a nice gimmick that’s being utilized into the action sequences, I can’t think of anything about it that particularly wowed me.
Overall, if you have nothing better to do or to watch, you can certainly give the movie a shot. It’s not terrible, but it won’t impress you either. I would rather watch the Bourne Identity for the 20th time than paying money to go to the movie theatre in order to watch this. Wait for it to come out on Netflix and then give it a try.