being a little generous with a 3 but it's an entertaining picture. feels a bit like early Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn only very French. Gavras has proven to be a master of visuals with his music video and commercial work but both of his features leave room for improvement. funny though and enjoyable, especially Vincent Cassel's conspiracy theory obsessed character who deserved a little more screen time.
Romain Gavras emulates Guy Ritchie and delivers a disappointing tale about the ongoing tensions between the Anglo and Gallic narco-cultures in the Iberian (Ballardian) coast. The subtext - Euro-racism and entitlement, immigration and Islamophobia - remains at joke lovel. A posthuman Isabelle Adjani and a conspiratorial Vincent Cassel can't save this mess of a movie. A debacle of epic proportions.
No Spring Breakers and I doubt it will ever match that fluidity in being embraced by the subjects it is portraying/mocking. It wants to make goofy the characters whose moments of social violence will be used to bolster anti-migrant rhetoric, but can only succeed in the grotesque without humanity. Cassel supremely wasted on an undying Illuminati joke.
A story of a failed gangster, cheated and stabbed in the back by everyone around him, as an excuse to paint a portrait of modern society. In a world were it is so delicate to talk about it, Gavras dares to joke about refugees and ISIS. Although it was entertaining and clever, the film could go deeper into these windows it opened.