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Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean Reno , Benoît Magimel , Olivier Dahan    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Benoît Magimel, Christopher Lee, Camille Natta, Johnny Hallyday
  • Directors: Olivier Dahan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KZQ9S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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French sensation The Crimson Rivers was a serial killer thriller with a difference--it was genuinely thrilling. It was also pretty disturbing, but Jean Reno (The Professional) brought some light to the darkness with his sly performance as dog-phobic detective Niémans. Fortunately, Reno has returned in this highly stylized Luc Besson-penned sequel. Vincent Cassell has not, but Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher), as new partner Reda, makes for a decent replacement. Alas, Olivier Dahan isn't in the same league as Matthieu Kassovitz and the story line, which has something to do with the Last Supper, the Maginot Line, and gravity-defying killer monks, is even more convoluted than before. Then there's Johnny Hallyday (The Man on the Train) as a mysterious one-eyed man and Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) as a bad German dude. It's all a little ridiculous, but entertaining nonetheless, and the chase sequences are a treat. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Jean Reno returns as the brooding Inspector Niemans, searching for the force behind a new series ofgrisly killings. In this riveting, action-packed sequel to sensational thriller Crimson Rivers, Niemans teams with a fiery, young detective to solve the bizarre case and the ancient prophecy that threatens to destroy an entire civilization.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best seen with low expectations 20 July 2005
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A strong sense of place was one of the many strengths of Matthieu Kassovitz's under-rated crowd-pleaser 'The Crimson Rivers,' one of the best French thrillers in years, but, despite including dying steel towns, artificial lakes, monasteries and even the Maginot Line among its locations, it's one of the many things missing from its in-name-only sequel. Other notable absences include confident direction, decent plotting, concise characterisation and a real sense of conviction in its larger than life premise, not to mention almost anybody associated with the original.

With only Jean Reno returning and Luc Besson providing the very uninspired script, my expectations for this were extremely low but, in all fairness, it wasn't as bad as I expected. But then, it wasn't very good either - just relentlessly average, predictable and forgettable. None of the class or style of the first one, weak TV-show characterisation (right down to the terrible 'end on a joke' cop show cliché) and an old hat religious conspiracy plot that rehashes a few elements of the original (chasing super-strong hooded figures, Nazi conspiracies, etc) to little effect. The writing is pretty lazy and the ending straight out of Raiders of the Lost Ark without the supernatural effects, but if you pitch your expectations low it passes the time. But it's very easy to see why Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel and composer Bruno Coulais didn't come back for this one: I'm willing to bet that if anyone else but Bresson wrote it, Reno would have skipped it too.

A good package of extras are included, but you need to pitch your expectations low for the film itself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hokum 25 April 2007
The ever watchable Jean Reno returns as Inspector Niemans in this fast paced,good looking and intense follow up to Crimson Rivers.

Niemans and his team investigate a series of killings which seem to ape the deaths of the twelve apostles and which could usher in the end of the world.Enter murderous monks and Christopher lee doing his usual schtick in a french accent.

Bonkers but pretty good nonsense benefits from everyone playing it straight;Benoit Magimel(replacing Vincent Cassel from the original) is a good foil for Reno and director Olivier Dahan over indulges in his use of colour and over the top action sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 19 Mar 2013
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DVD arrived promptly and well packed, recommend watching. As good as da Vinci Code.It makes a change to see other than American stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars more rock video than decent thriller 16 Oct 2011
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Oh dear. The first Crimson Rivers film was confusing, but visually stunning and despite its flaws one of the best thrillers in recent years. On the other hand this is the sort of lazy generic stuff that gives Luc Besson a bad name.

The plot is a random assortment of bright shiny things that catch your attention. There are faceless monks, who are superhuman, killing modern versions of Christ and his apostles. There are creepy former Nazis. There is a monastery full of silent monks (with faces) where there is a constant lightning storm. There is no Vincent Cassel this time out, but Benoit Magimel has an impressive, but overlong fight sequence at the outset, to demonstrate his manly credentials. The Maginot line has something to do with it, with a mechanised gun turret popping up to shoot up Reno's car at one point. Chuck in bits of Indiana Jones, and bits of the Da Vinci Code!

If you have seen the trailer, you have probably seen all of this already. So far, so good. But once you get beyond the bright shiny eye-catching elements from the trailer, then this is thin stuff. There is a lazy banter between the two lead characters that lacks conviction. The plot makes only a semblance of sense. The whole thing has the gravitas and conviction of a flamboyant goth rock music video for Billy Idol or Meatloaf.

It is not a dreadful film, it passes the time enjoyably enough, and is certainly not dull, but for all the bombast there is precious little heart or soul to it. This is multiple murder as rock video.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dazzled by Déjà Vu 10 Jan 2011
By Lochman
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This is very much a repeat of the original Crimson Rivers. It comes across as the result of a film school exercise in which the various plot elements have to remain the same but appear subtly different. So, we have the same nasty villains as before, resurfacing like the living dead and, as if to prove that very point, with Christopher Lee in command! However, their disguise is no longer the modern face of superior, intelligent people (the university) but its ancient counterpart (the church). Ranged against them we have the same heroic police officer (played once again by Jean Reno) but with a new young partner (Benoît Magimel) to act as his foil.

They all chase each other around the screen with a very entertaining mix of dark looks, thunderous weather, flying monks and heavily armed henchmen, following the arcane twists and turns of a story that comes across like the Da Vinci Code on speed. Whereas the original film managed to maintain a thin aura of credibility and a sense of genuine evil, this sequel slithers smoothly into hocus-pocus. But what fun it is! In one scene, Jean Reno's car is coolly trashed by a heavy machine gun that rises suddenly out of a camouflaged, concrete emplacement in the middle of a wood!

Had I seen this before on TV or at the cinema, I probably wouldn't have bought it as a DVD. However, if you enjoy fairly mindless action and detective thrillers, you will certainly not be disappointed by this film. Luc Besson is the screenwriter and, although not all of his work is outstandingly brilliant, I have yet to seen anything with his hand on it that I haven't enjoyed and this is no exception!
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