[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]
The French Connection (15/06/12)
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
You know what I really enjoyed about this film? It’s simplicity. That’s not to say it wasn’t a clever and entertaining crime thriller. It’s more the fact that today a lot of films insist on having some sort of great big twist. A big reveal towards the end of the film that you didn’t see coming. They’re becoming more and more prevalent these days that I’ve come to expect said twists. So it’s refreshing to watch a film that is just what it is. And it does it very well.
Gene Hackman’s Doyle is the no-nonsense cop. Right from the beginning, complete with the Santa suit. After handing in his daily paperwork, rather than going home, he’d rather stake out his next ‘victim’. He just won’t let it go. He’s unrelenting. And that gives us one of the best scenes in the film – the chase scene where he’s going after his target on the train, while he’s in the car. Excellent car chase!
Watching this film now, just over 40 years after it was made, it (to me) epitomizes everything about the 70s. From the soundtrack to the cars. While some of the shoot out scenes, the way they end, don’t exactly hold up today, the rest of the film holds up perfectly.
I tried watching this a couple of months back and I fell asleep. But soon after my first attempt Ruth over at FlixChatter watched it and wrote a review. Since then I was determined to give it another go and I’m glad I did.
Oh and look! This is the first film I can cross off the films I need to see list.
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