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4.0 out of 5 stars Dazzled by Déjà Vu
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...
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by Lochman

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2.0 out of 5 stars Best seen with low expectations
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...
Published on 20 July 2005 by Trevor Willsmer


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2.0 out of 5 stars Best seen with low expectations, 20 July 2005
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Crimson Rivers 2 - Angels Of The Apocalypse [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hokum, 25 April 2007
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This review is from: The Crimson Rivers 2 - Angels Of The Apocalypse [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars more rock video than decent thriller, 16 Oct 2011
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This review is from: The Crimson Rivers 2 - Angels Of The Apocalypse [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
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
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Lochman (Lochearnhead, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Franchise, 22 May 2005
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This review is from: The Crimson Rivers 2 - Angels Of The Apocalypse [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
First: I loved the original Crimson Rivers. True it had a cod ending but it looked great, the acting was good, the script was by turns surprising and amusing. However, my advice with regard to Angels of the Apocalypse is - dont't go near it. This is a perfect example of style over content - some nice shots but no thought to story. The one chance Europe has at taking on American genre cinema is understanding the form, then approaching it with a unique/refreshing take/intelligence. In this case I can see no evidence at all that the creative team behind this film even understood that they they were making a genre film - let alone took the time to comprehend the rules and expectations before playing with them. Incredibley disappointing - even morse so than Gothika, which the director of the original film went on to make. If you can't avoid watching it: count how often the detectives flash their badges at dopy looking civilians - this helps pass the time in between mindless shoot outs. There's probably a drinking game in there somewhere.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 5 Aug 2014
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Reason, I had to return as unable to load on either blue ray or lap top
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Whodunnit, 23 April 2009
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J. Gould "cinema lover" (Downham Market, Norfolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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The French Cinema seems to manage to produce gritty police dramas. The scenario was well thought out and Jean Reno plays exactly to type i.e. an experienced policeman who has seen it all.
Do not, of course, let the PC do-gooders see this film. How the suspects or protagonists were treated would send them running to the Human Rights Tribunals even though it is a fictional story.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-so sequel, 22 Jun 2010
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Crimson Rivers is a terrific film, worth watching over and again. This sequel is a real let-down. Not recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant, 24 April 2006
This review is from: The Crimson Rivers 2 - Angels Of The Apocalypse [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Thsi film is very well made as Crimsone rivers 1 was. Jean Reno returns as the detective Nemos. He picks up a young police officer as well. The Film has lots of gory moments and challenges religion. It defies the first one. If you like flying murderuos monks and grosome killings killigs BUY THIS film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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