Taxi 3 (2003)
France / French
"No speed limits the next 90 min.
"A gang of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus Gang are wreaking havoc, and the police can't keep up...
The type of comedy I would like Hollywood to do
The TAXI series (this is obviously the third installment) are highly
successful French movies which for mysterious reasons are never distributed
in USA (or at least in Miami).
Created and produced by the legendary and admired (ex-director) Luc Besson
(you remember him from masterpieces like The Professional, La Femme Nikita,
The Big Blue or The Fifth Element) he managed to create a mix of action and
comedy, with some of ingenuous gags, some adults jokes and plenty of action
(mostly car stunts) and very mild violence and overall VERY
TAXI 3 tracks Emilien's (the police officer) obsession to catch a gang
disguised as Santa Claus with the help of Daniel (the nuts taxi driver)
both trying to overcome their conjugal issues and the pregnancy of their
wives. The story is very simple (as is the movie short), so everything rest
on the characters (some of them very funny and some not so) and on the
impressive stunts which are really very good and a lot more realistic than
the computer generated car chases of Bad Boys II.
As I said before, it is really a pity this funny movies get no distribution
here. Of course Hollywood can make things like this. Technically better
probably but without the natural grace and believability of this very
sympathetic group of actors.
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