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Published May 11th 2016
An action-packed thriller that'll keep you guessing
In all honesty I am not really an action movie fan, and this movie was action packed! Nevertheless, I thought I would give Bastille Day a chance, going into the theatre without any reservations or really much knowledge at all of what the movie consisted of.
Set in France, the film follows Michael (Game of Thrones' Richard Madden) a pick pocketer who finds himself in quite the predicament after stealing and throwing away a bag which just so happened to be planted with a bomb. Caught on CCTV, Michael is sought out by CIA black-ops agent Briar (Idris Elba) and that is when the real fun begins. Trying to prove his innocence, Michael makes a deal with Briar in order to uncover the larger conspiracy at hand and finds himself embarking on an anti-terrorism mission.
Admittedly the fast-paced, action-packed movie had me hooked as I wondered what would happen next and I found myself really getting into it in the end. Humour was thrown into the mix which lightened the intensity from constant fight scenes. It was a fun movie to watch as long as you don't think about it too much, as there were certain elements and scenes that seemed just a bit too over the top and completely unrealistic.
Despite this, I found the movie to be quite enjoyable and not too predictable like many of the Hollywood films out there. A word of advice however, if you're not a fan of subtitles, this film probably isn't for you, as they make up about 50% of the speaking scenes.