BASTILLE DAY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by James Watkins. Star­ring Idris Elba, Richard Mad­den, Char­lotte Le Bon, Jose Gar­cia, Kelly Reilly Elba is an agent who plays by the rules. He al­ways shows due re­spect to su­pe­ri­ors and is scrupu­lous about com­plet­ing even the most ir­rel­e­vant pa­per­work. We’re jok­ing, of course. Idris plays an ir­rev­er­ent CIA agent hunt­ing down sup­posed ji­hadi bombers in con­tem­po­rary Paris. Sec­ond-rate, bar­gain-bin thriller fea­tur­ing dread­ful di­a­logue and muddy cin­e­matog­ra­phy that makes beau­ti­ful peo­ple look un­for­giv­ably drab. The twist is so ob­vi­ous the ac­tors seem em­bar­rassed at hav­ing to ex­press sur­prise. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 92 min

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