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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I recommend this to all who enjoy fast moving, sci-fi/thriller films, with cleverly interwoven storylines.
This film comes from the French cinema and is a refreshing change from United States' productions. It is of course subtitled: reading them is compensated for because instead of being bombarded with the stereo-typical cliches of 'action-movies', there is...
Published on 26 Mar. 2006 by jjlock

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars After a terrific start its momentum comes to a crawl.
The first 50 minutes are very gripping and promising, you have a lot of suspence and intrigue. A woman feeling she is losing her sanity when she cannot recognise her husband for 8 years and without notice peoples faces around her turn into things from nightmares. At the same time a young police investigator has no clues as young women are being brutally murdered in Paris,...
Published on 29 May 2007 by Gisli Jokull Gislason


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 Mar. 2006
This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I recommend this to all who enjoy fast moving, sci-fi/thriller films, with cleverly interwoven storylines.
This film comes from the French cinema and is a refreshing change from United States' productions. It is of course subtitled: reading them is compensated for because instead of being bombarded with the stereo-typical cliches of 'action-movies', there is meaningful dialogue.
I like french films anyway, because they have a certain atmosphere; this is no exception.
So give it a go......... and tell us what you think!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars After a terrific start its momentum comes to a crawl., 29 May 2007
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Gisli Jokull Gislason "Jokull" (Iceland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The first 50 minutes are very gripping and promising, you have a lot of suspence and intrigue. A woman feeling she is losing her sanity when she cannot recognise her husband for 8 years and without notice peoples faces around her turn into things from nightmares. At the same time a young police investigator has no clues as young women are being brutally murdered in Paris, women that all belong to illegal Turkish immigrants and seems a dead end case. He must enlist Jean Reno, a discharged policeman with a very bad reputation but strong ties with the Turkish minority, to have any chance of solving the murders. Through the first half the movie shines and there is a very good build up.

Then all of a sudden the mistery is solved and you are watching a decent version of Transporter, plenty of action with an uninteresting storytale. There is o.k. action and explosions but it is a let down after the much better build up.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start, typical ending, 4 Aug. 2006
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Francisco (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
A woman is seeing a neurologist as she's losing her memory. She doesn't recognise her husband. As she tries to regain her memories she begins to suspect that her husband is someone terrible.

There have been a spate of killings of women across Paris. All of the victims came from Paris's Turkish community. A policeman investigating those murders calls in an ex-cop who has a bad reputation to help.

The film starts off feeling like a psychological thriller but, before long, turns into a typical detective thriller (with a conspiracy theory or two thrown in).

One piece of advice I'd give -- watch the film in French with English subtitles. I know there's an option to hear English dialogue but the dubbing is terrible and a lot of the important subtlities in tone are left out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Face Off, 16 July 2009
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This film lets loose a considerable number of red herrings. A Parisian cop's wife is having problems losing her memory, or is she? There are Turkish illegal aliens being killed in Paris; is there a serial killer about? Is Jean Reno playing the bad old ex-cop going to betray his young colleague? Is this a French version of Red Riding?

The answers are not what one would expect; though (without giving away anything) it all struck me as a bit pat at the end. But, while the destination felt a bit odd, the journey was great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French and excellent, 11 Dec. 2012
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John D. Morgan "scouse55" (pontypool UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Can Reno do anything wrong?

Brilliant, as most modern French gangster films tend to be.

Reno has a knack of becoming the most hateful character, and then he can become a cracking good comedy participant, love it,
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a long way from leon, 20 Mar. 2006
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Amazon Customer "Boo62" (Ilkeston Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The producers of this film are in no doubt,viewers are watching this film for one reason only, it has the enigmatic gallic thesp Jean Reno. With this in mind references to his previous films are peppered all over, unfortunately similar attention to detail has not been paid to the plot,.Women are being murdered in gruesome ways and the young detective involved is over his head, meanwhile a young wife is having memory problems and is not sure her life is quite as it appears, you'll have sympathy for her as the film progresses and you too feel that not all is as it should be and try to match up the rapidly increasing plot strands. In the end as it all descends into farce, Reno the maverick with ridiculous sideburns,the cliched 'angry but straight, young cop and a daft plot involving plastic surgery,a turkish terrorist group and bent police chiefs and to top it all an ending that not only defies belief but leaves so much unresolved that you have to ask if they ran out of money and just packed up and went home.
Never mind the extras,you wont watch 'em, or the picture/sound quality, this film doesn't warrant such close scrutiny.I've given it 2 stars purely for the presence of Frances finest nothing else.Try Leon,Crimson rivers, lord even Godzilla, avoid this,its a stinker.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that Good, 22 May 2006
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Neil G (Gosport, Hampshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Essentially a good film but as with the previous adaptation of a Jean Christophe Grange novel 'The Crimson Rivers' it follows the book faithfully to about halfway and then completely changes the plot. Having read the book before seeing the film i was somewhat surprised to see Schiffer and Nurteaux standing at the end of the film as both met their end before the plot even reached Istanbul. Grange was responsible in part for the screenplay but tends to give the film-makers free reign which makes for inconsistency. The classic example of this is somewhat remarkably having made 'The Crimson Rivers 2' when at the end of the original book the Jean Reno character 'Niemans' actually dies. The Stone Council is filming at the moment and i fully expect more creative licence and inconsistency. However 'Empire' is still a stylish and entertaining film profiting from bigger budgets now that Sony owns Gaumont.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !, 15 Oct. 2010
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Mr. J. Mcmahon "Johnny Mc" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
If you are interested in a thriller that you cannot predict where its going, just buy this. Play it in French and use the subtitles,get the mood. Jean Reno is always value for money. A cracker!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable nonsense, 7 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Empire Of The Wolves [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Hollywood style big budget fantasy thriller. If it had been in English, it would have been an enormous hit.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go French and you will never go back :), 13 Oct. 2010
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If you have never watched a french film before and can cope with subtitles (that or learn French) then this is an excellent start to a road of discovery. A great thriller about murder, subterfuge and fanaticism and for those who loved the film Leon you will reckognise the lead here :)
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