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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published December 16th 2013

'Some call it organised crime. Others call it family'.

The Family is aptly named, and judging by the film cover, with each member of the Manzoni family holding some sort of weapon in hand, sends the right connotations to the audience. Yes indeed this film may contain scenes of violence, profanity, Italian-American gangsters, the French and the renewed partnership of fellow movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, previously seen in the classic gangster film Casino (Scorsese, 1995), as Sam Rothstein and Ginger. Directed by Luc Besson, The Family seemingly promises to be a film worth watching.

Another notable actor among the cast list is Tommy Lee Jones who plays the role of CIA Agent Stansfield. After a mafia boss is relocated to France along with his wife and two kids under the witness protection program, it is Stansfield's job to oversee and make sure that no harm falls upon the infamous Monzoni family.

Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), after falling on tough times, worked with American federal agencies to entrap and imprison various mafia gangsters to whom he was connected with. Consequently a $20,000,000 reward has been placed on his head to be found dead or dead.

The film carries a level of seriousness that sometimes overlays the traces of comedic humour found within certain scenes of The Family, but this doesn't take away any credibility from the plot. Luc Besson balances the assumed innocence of Fred Manzoni's kids Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo), with the corrupted reality that they are mafia affiliated Manzoni family members, it is within this aspect where the dark humour creeps in.

Ironically enough the most violent member of the family is the former mafia boss' wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer). Not only is she known by many to cook the best pasta dish, but on the side she blows up food stores, stabs a mafia gangster and former friend and also threatens to stab her husband to if he doesn't start the bbq any time soon.

With each family member comes a different personality and indeed weapon, and therefore more entertainment to keep you entrapped till the rolling credits.
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