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Taxi 1&2

Posted by Janus on August 25, 2006


  • Information:
  • Certificate (15)
  • DVD releaser (Prism leisure)
  • Run time (86 minutes)
  • Language (French)

Former pizza delivery boy Daniel is speed crazy. Embarking on a new career as a taxi driver, his specially modified car is so fast even police radar can’t spot him!

When he unwittingly gives a high-speed ride to police officer Émilien, he is forced to accept a deal to keep his licence: a stint as Émilien’s personal police car driver. Now on the other side of the law, Daniel becomes the unlikely mastermind behind an investigation into a gang of German bank robbers.

Aided by his girlfriend Émilien’s mother and a whole squad of pizza delivery boys Daniel and Émilien join forces with hilarious consequences to foil the robbers on foot, on scooters, and of course in Taxi’s.

Taxi was written by French film legend Luc Besson(Léon, The transporter) and directed by Gerard Pires(Riders, Double Zéro). It stars Samy Naceri(La Mentale) as Daniel Morales and Frédéric Diefenthal(Dédales) as Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec with Bernard Farcy(Les Percutés) as Commissaire Gibert. Taxi became a cult classic and eventually spawned three sequels and a 2004 Hollywood remake dubbed in France “New York Taxi”, of course keen admirers of the original would never take to the hopeless American facsimile.

I have heard things about this film so I thought it would be nice to check it out, also I happen to be very fond of cars so it was even more reason to check it out. The film itself isn’t too bad, it’s funny and entertaining which is something you rarely get from the big Hollywood blockbusters but it does suffer from one main flaw which it lacks substance. For me a film that lacks substance can never hope to get a rating beyond six out of ten, also it tends to be a little predictable but if I’m being honest it’s a lot better than most other films of this type so it makes up for the predictability in those stakes.

As far as it goes this film isn’t the best film in the world but it does manage to be very funny and very entertaining which in my eyes means it deserves the maximum I’d give to a film without substance. Taxi receives a rating of (6/10).

Taxi 2

Taxi 2

  • Information:
  • Certificate (12)
  • DVD releaser (Prism leisure)
  • Run time (85 minutes)
  • Language (French)

The Japanese secretary of state for defence is visiting France. He is on a special mission to invest in the French expertise regarding anti-terrorism. At the end of his trip, he will sign a contract worth several billion dollars with the French government. But, he is kidnapped by a group of Yakuza……
Against their better judgement, Daniel the taxi driver and Émilien his friend the policeman become involved in a string of adventures in order to rescue the diplomat and ensure the contract is signed.

Just like the first Taxi film this one is written by Luc Besson(Nikita, The fifth element), it is directed by Gérard Krawczy(Wasabi) who stepped in temporarily during the Original taxi film after the director had an accident on a horse. As is with the first film it stars Samy Naceri(la Mentale), Frédéric Diefenthal(Dédales) and Bernard Farcy(Les Percutés) as Daniel, Émilien and Commissaire Gibert respectively. Other characters featured include Lilly Bertineau(Marion Cotillard) and Petra(Emma Sjöberg).

As far as I’m concerned this film like the first has no substance at all so it can never in my eyes reach a rating higher than six out of ten. This film also will have a more difficult time reaching that rating since it’s less original than the first film . Taxi 2 is indeed more comic than the first but that fails to protect it from it’s downfall, which is that it’s nothing more than a sequel and in that way it’s nothing special. Also the DVD I happen to own has issues with it’s subtitles, the subtitles tend to partially go bellow the screen when being viewed on a cathode ray tube television or monitor. Also the subtitles are semi-transparent which can make them difficult to read at a distance.

Overall Taxi 2 is better in the comedy stakes than the original but not as intriguing and with those bad subtitles it only receives a rating of (5/10).

As is usual with my film review they can also be found at www.emagi.co.uk


One Response to “Taxi 1&2”

  1. 3abdoda said

    thanks 4 the film

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