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One Mann's Movies Film Review: Bastille Day

‘B’ for ‘Bastille’;  ‘B’ for ‘B-movie’

Idris Elba plays “reckless and irresponsible” American CIA operative Sean Briar who is one step ahead of the French police in getting to the bottom of a fatal terrorist bombing in Paris.  658 more words

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Run time: 90mins

Director: James Watkins

Cast: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Jose Garcia, Kelly Reilly, Thierry Godard

Synopsis: An American pickpocket living in Paris finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. 331 more words

Review: Bastille Day

Idris Elba gives his best audition for Bond, playing an all-action CIA agent in this Euro-charged b-movie. Co-star Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones… 220 more words

David Rank


I’m confused about this film. I’m confused about its tone. I’m confused about who it’s aimed at. I’m confused about why it happened. Unless you’re a habitué of the Idris Elba IMDB Message Boards then you’ll be too. 186 more words


Bastille Day: Review

If there were ever a strong argument to be made for Idris Elba to step into Daniel Craig’s shoes and become the next James Bond, it would be Bastille Day. 355 more words

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Film review: 'Bastille Day' ★★

British filmmaker James Watkins has labelled his latest big screen effort a fun, Friday night cinematic ride. Aspiring to Walter Hill’s 1982 unorthodox buddy movie 48 Hrs., which starred Nick Nolte and a baby-faced Eddie Murphy as cop and con respectively, Bastille Day represents a marked change in direction after acclaimed horror-chillers Eden Lake and The Woman in Black. 22 more words

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Film Review: 'Bastille Day'

As fans continue their push for Idris Elba to fill Daniel Craig’s 007-sized shoes, they could point to far worse case studies for his suitability than “Bastille Day.” The hulking East Londoner may sport a Generican accent as a rogue CIA agent in James Watkins’ efficiently entertaining terrorist thriller, but in all other respects, he proves himself fighting fit for action-franchise duty: gravelly enough to lend this absurd Paris-set romp some gravitas, though he can wink and kick ass at the same time. 814 more words