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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

Bastille Day (M) James Watkins’s Paris-based crime thriller Bastille Day deals with con­tem­po­rary ter­rors, ones that are heavy in mind. The ig­ni­tion here is a bomb in­side a teddy bear. It goes off at Place Pi­galle, killing four peo­ple. The bomb­ing scene is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive, not least be­cause it is so or­di­nary. What fol­lows is a drama lifted by an en­ter­tain­ing script, old­fash­ioned ac­tion scenes and a few sur­pris­ing twists. Big Idris Elba (as CIA agent Sean Briar) chas­ing his not-as-big co-star Richard Mad­den ( Game of Thrones) over slanted Parisian rooftops is won­der­ful to watch. This is a slick, clever film, and while view­ers will work out who the real bad­die is be­fore the end, Elba and Mad­den in­vest their char­ac­ters with in­ter­est­ing unanswered ques­tions.


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