I am not quite certain why Breaking Glass Pictures in the United States has picked up a 2016 Quebec produced film for distribution? Is COVID hitting film production so badly the film vault must be scrounged for 5-year-old films for distribution?
As far as films go there is not much creativity or originality in this film and the fact that it is dubbed into English from French rather reeks at a desperate attempt to integrate itself into the North American Anglo market. I can’t recall seeing a dubbed movie since the Spaghetti Western days of the 70’s. Actually avoid looking at the lips and the dubbing is bearable but less authentic than subtitles.
Now the plot is rather hackneyed Hollywood with a hardened criminal Max (Guillame Lemay-Thivierge) behind bars striving to help his son Theo (Antoine Desroches) escape from the clutches of thug kingpins Daphne and “the Lawyer” who are running a credit card and identity theft ring and an even more nefarious attempt at stealing a designer drug Nitro Rush formula from “The Scientists”.
Max is in prison for murdering a police officer and his son Theo for some reason has not forgiven him for the death of his mother. Theo, a brilliant hacker, is working with a criminal gang headed by The Lawyer and Daphne and Max is offered an opportunity to infiltrate The Lawyer’s gang by state security types as the gang attempts to infiltrate the compound of “The Scientists” to steal the formula for Nitro Rush. How dangerous Nitro Rush is amply portrayed in the opening scene of the film when three narco crazed Nitro Rush party goers leap off a rooftop party to their death after ingesting Nitro Rush. This may be the most majestic moments of cinematography of the film. The remainder is tried and true formalistic elements of Mad Max, Italian Spaghetti Westerns and Bruce Willis “Die Hard”.
If you are looking for some simplistic revenge film you will find it here but there is nothing of originality perhaps except the technology behind the criminality. That’s why I say have you seen it before?
The bad guys go down. Theo and Dad Max are reunited and Max is being set up at the end for a sequel as the cops say a freed man is more likely to protect his family.
If here is anything of any degree of originality in this film it is the blackmail of the police over criminals in their desperation to take down criminals more threatening than those in custody.
Yes Max is a lean and mean fighting machine in search of justice and reconnection with his family. Seen that before.
If you like action films add this to your list of films to see. You just might appreciate the Quebec takeon a Hollywood formula refreshingly different. Canadian film has often a certain loveable roughness to it and to be fair you’ll see glimpses of it here.
Treachery and two timing. Seen that before.
Criminal turned as a weapon against criminality. Seen that before.
Absolution of a criminal seen that before.
Continuing blackmail of criminal by police and justice have not seen too many times before.
The acting is fine but the plot line somewhat tired. Unfortunately too shrill and obvious to descend into a good film noir.
The pursuit by The Scientists almost takes us into the unintended comedic realm.
If you are looking for retreaded 97-minute excitement you can catch it here. But a 6 year old dubbed film are you scraping the bottom of the barrel?
This 97-minute film is directed by Alain Desrochers and is dubbed into English (oooh!). Hang em High!
This film will be available as of March 2rd on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango and InDemand. Check this out https://www.bgpics.com/movies/nitro-rush/
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U_U-2_mBw8&feature=emb_logo
This 97-minute Quebec film is directed by Alain Desroches. As an ex Montrealer I felt more than a slight connection to the film shoot!