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Taxi (2004)
USA / English
"Take a Ride on the Wild Side. "
A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver (Latifah) has hot tips for a green and inept cop (Fallon) set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies commited by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.
Queen Latifah Belle
Jimmy Fallon Washburn
Henry Simmons Jesse
Jennifer Esposito Lt. Marta Robbins
Gisele Bündchen Vanessa
Ana Cristina de Oliveira Redhead
Ingrid Vandebosch Third Robber
Magali Amadei Fourth Robber
Ann-Margret Washburn's Mom
Christian Kane Agent Mullins
Boris McGiver Franklin
Adrian Martinez Brasilian man
Joe Lisi Mr. Scalia
Bryna Weiss Mrs. Scalia
GQ Stopwatch Messenger
Director: Tim Story
Producer: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson,Ben Garant
Weak remake of 3 classics
This is the American version of the French Taxi films and it suffers in comparison.

I'm not kidding when I say that this a remake of the three French films since although the film is mainly a poor remake of the the first film, it lifts sequences from the second and third films.

Its a mess, a real mess. I'm a huge huge fan of the French films, and for me there was no real point in my seeing this since anything that worked came from the originals.

Why did they bother? They changed the sex of the lead (though the Queen is excellent), combined others and rewrote the cops mother to the point of stupidness. They lost any sense of timing and connection...they should have started from the ground up.

Its not the painfully awful film that some reviews made it out to be, but it is a waste of time. If you can find the originals and watch those. That should take you the better part of 5 hours and in the end you will not feel as though you've wasted your life.

3 out of 10.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 4.3
Musician: Christophe Beck
Running time: 104 min (extended version)
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3