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Bastille Day

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United Kingdom, France, United States · 2016
Rated R · 1h 32m
Director James Watkins
Starring Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly
Genre Action

Michael Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the case, soon realises that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

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Taken as a transient, high-paced and familiar rock 'em, sock' em kind of film, it packs quite a punch.


San Francisco Chronicle by David Lewis

Eventually, the plot feels more perfunctory than palpable, but Watkins is careful not to drag things out. All in all, we don’t mind being taken along for the ride, yet in the end, we’re ready to disembark.


Variety by Guy Lodge

It’s Watkins’ lean, keen instinct for choreographing and cutting action set pieces that keeps Bastille Day afloat.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It’s a bit silly maybe, with a plot that requires you to overlook the implausibility of a certain smartphone with no passcode protection. But there is a nifty premise.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The thing actually docking this unpretentious ride is a nagging shortage of charm, because all the script’s efforts can’t drum up a buddy dynamic between Elba and Madden (both playing Yanks) that’s anything more than strictly contractual.


Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

The problem is that it all feels like a sixth-form production of the Bourne series. Still, if you’ve ever fantasised about a Luther-Robb Stark crimefighting duo, look no further.

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