Bastille Day Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly, James Watkins and action movie fans


Bastille Day Movie Synopsis

Michael Mason (Richard Madden) 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 (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. bastille-day 03Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.

Bastille Day Movie Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

Bastille Day Movie Review:

With all the overwhelming marketing from the blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War, this film was almost drowned out and forgotten. Luckily, after chancing upon a fellow Philippino blogger friend who reviewed this film. I decided to catch it. I had to say, it gave me almost the same amount of adrenaline as watch Civil War.
Bastille Day CarMaster pickpocket and a rash FBI cop always make a good combination for an adventure movie. Somehow, the odd chemistry between light-fingered Richard Madden and serious Idris Elba reminded me of chatty Spiderboy and solemn Black Panther. They even had the same line, “then why did you run?”  

Bastille Day Movie StillWatching how the pickpocketing scene was carried out, you couldn’t help but be awed by how these people make use of distraction to get what they need. The two main action scenes were really classic too. Although similar to Taken 2’s rooftop chase, this was much more perilous and heart-stopping. Even the fight scene within the van was well edited with pummelling precision. 

Bastille Day Movie Still 2I was able to second-guess a few of their twist, and I like how the film avoids racial prejudice and gave the damsel, Charlotte Le Bon a short moment of her own brilliance by making use of the crowd to save Sean Briar. This film was not without faults too, the use of hashtags was exaggerated to the extent where you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity. The villains (perhaps on purpose) were insignificant and made it difficult for the audience to recognize who’s who. 

But this is definitely a film you should catch if you need some thrills. 

Do You Know?

Bastille Day Rooftop ChaseThe rooftop chase fight sequence were done by the actors and no stunt doubles were used.

Bastille Day Movie ProtestBastille Day is the name for the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July every year. Bastille Day was originally scheduled to open in February, but the film’s release date was pushed back two months in the aftermath of the terror attacks in the French capital.

adele-exarchopoulosAdèle Exarchopiulos was originally cast but dropped out in order to do The Last One. Charlotte Le Bon replaced her instead.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Bastille Day is out in cinemas on 21 April 2016.

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On April 21, 2016

16 Responses to Bastille Day Movie Review

  1. Leke Awonuga says:

    No doubt – a masterpiece! Eldris Alba stunning the world with another epic movie. Love to patiently watch this movie and also observe the roof top scene as mentioned by Fred! Actions film is part of my fav such as the likes of Chuck Norris movies…Lol

  2. phyliciamarie says:

    Sounds exciting! I’ve always loved idris Elba’s acting , and I think he’s always underappreciated, so I love your review. watching this next as I’ve finished with Civil War

  3. shubhadabhide says:

    Actually I like to watch Idris Elba movies…I don’t know how come this one I missed. Will check out.

  4. Franc Ramon says:

    It would be fun following the chase here. It’s would be nice to see the grander story and action scenes.

  5. Elizabeth O. says:

    I don’t watch action films often but I will definitely watch this. I really like Idris Elba, he’s an awesome actor, regardless of what role he’s playing! Thanks for the good review!

  6. Claire Marie Algarme says:

    I think I want to watch this movie. Not only does the cast interests me, but also the action scenes and the storyline. Your review even makes me even more interested to see this. 🙂 -Claire

  7. rochkirstin says:

    This movie is epic when it comes to those dangerous stunts. Are there ropes and cables used to get the actor safe? From the looks of it, there was none. Amazing. 🙂

  8. Kathy Lacuna says:

    Sounds like a good movie to catch. I, too, like Richard Madden, so an consipiracy/action movie featuring him would be A-ok for me. Thanks for the review. Now I have added another one to my to-see movies list.

  9. Stargazer Writes says:

    I have not watched it yet, but it sounds like a good and fun movie. Great input.

  10. Zwitsy says:

    I’m not really fond of watching movies in that genre but somehow, I find it interesting though particularly when it comes to the climax of the movie. It’s just that, I don’t just find myself watching more on that particular niche. But if ever I get the chance to free my time, I’d definitely consider watching this.

  11. April Perez says:

    Perfect, now I have something to watch this weekend. Was looking for some movies that I can rent/download, good thing I stumbled upon your post.

  12. Fred Hawson says:

    Hi. Glad to know you liked it as much as I did. Thank you for mentioning me in your review! That rooftop scene was so raw, it had me at the edge of my seat, literally.

  13. Bhushavali says:

    I’d watch Idris Alba movies blindly. He is just so good.

  14. Alina Popescu says:

    I wasn’t really sure about this movie. I think you are right, it got lost in between all the other action movies released around this period. I am considering watching it after your review, so thanks for that! I like Richard Madden, so it might totally be a win for me.

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