Customer Reviews


72 Reviews
5 star:
 (45)
4 star:
 (15)
3 star:
 (6)
2 star:
 (6)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment
This is a highly entertaining film that is definitely one to buy as it is a film that can be watched again and again.
The cast is excellent with each member fitting their role, with the interaction between both Daniel and Emilien as well as the supporting cast such as Lilly and Camille being first class, this results in the humour being excellent from start to...
Published on 18 Oct. 2005 by mr_random

versus
2.0 out of 5 stars Great action comedy with a Gallic twist, poor DVD
As films go, Taxi might be no more than a bit of fluff, but its infectious energy makes for a compelling 86 minutes. The plot is paper-thin - ageing pizza delivery boy Daniel reinvents himself as a taxi driver with a somewhat relaxed approach to the Highway Code, and teams up with bumbling cop Emilien to defeat a gang of German bank robbers. Luc Besson penned the script -...
Published 19 months ago by Anorakus


‹ Previous | 1 28 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment, 18 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a highly entertaining film that is definitely one to buy as it is a film that can be watched again and again.
The cast is excellent with each member fitting their role, with the interaction between both Daniel and Emilien as well as the supporting cast such as Lilly and Camille being first class, this results in the humour being excellent from start to finish. The film is not just comedy though there are some fast car chases, which have some great camera work and they fit in with the style of the film and are definitely entertaining.
Incase you didn't know this is a French film, as can be seen from the patriotic use of a Peugeot as "the" car. This also means that the audio is French only with English subtitles but this doesn't detract from the film and as with most good subtitled films after a while you don't even notice that you are reading them.
Perhaps the weakest aspect of the film is the script but it is not bad and there is enough present with the comedy moments, cast and car chase scenes to stop you really noticing. All in all this is a film that doesn't try to be anything other than it is, its not over complicated and is something you can just sit down relax and enjoy.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 5 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Taxi [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
This is the only film that I have rented out more than three times! I think that it is that good. The film is great for people who are into cars and chase scenes. Daniel in his BTCC 406, and the Germans in there Merc 500E's. Great to watch.(Plus you get to hear a throaty V8 roar!) Unfortunatly it is only avalible in french. Please, only buy/rent the subtitled one. I was unlucky to watch a dubbed version. Some of the worst dubbing I've seen. Avoid. I've ordered the soundtrack for it. Only decent french music that I've heard really. Can't wait for Taxi 2, and possibly its game, which I've played in demo form. Its not too bad. Overall, an unmissable film for speed junkies!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Stylish, High Octane, French Car Chase Thriller, 16 Sept. 2014
By 
William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very stylish, high tempo, French thriller. If you like movies such as Subway, Nikita (the original one), and Leon, you'll probably like this one. Daniel is a moped pizza delivery guy, who gives up his job, in order to become a taxi driver. His girlfriend is played by the very fetching Marion Cotillard, in one of her early roles. Daniel modifies his taxi, a mundane Peugeot 406, into a very high performance dragster, which can change its looks and performance to and from a menacing looking muscle car (a bit like the Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me could change to and from a submarine). Meanwhile, the French police are on the hunt for the Mercedes Gang, a gang of German bank robbers who use souped up Mercs to make their getaways. In a spectacular stunt sequence, the police make a failed attempt to trap the robbers as they flee with their loot. Daniel takes one of the French detectives, Emilian, on a taxi trip, in his Jeykll and Hyde car, and shows him what the car can do. The police then decide to enlist Daniel and his special car in the chase for the Mercedes Gang. Emilian and Daniel team together and go in pursuit of the bank robbers. The film climaxes with an exhilarating chase, between Daniel's hotted up pug car, and the German thieves in their two tuned up Merc 190E motors. The stunt work in the cars through the streets of Marseille is well orchestrated and literally death defying, and a fitting denouement to this very attractive looking movie. The film score is very good, with some energetic and tuneful French rapping. This film doesn't take itself too seriously, and watching it, I couldn't help thinking it's a bit like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on wheels, in style and spirit if not storyline. If you don't mind subtitles, and like movies of the type I've already mentioned - Leon, Subway and Lock Stock...there's a good chance you'll enjoy this too.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Rocks!, 13 Dec. 2004
By 
Mr. D. P. Cummings "D Man" (England, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This film is just fantastic in every way and yes you have probally heard it is in french so you have to read the sub-titles but my god dont let that put you off!
Taxi is filled with exciting action and is also very funny in places, it is also much better than The Fast And The Furious films, trust me. Plus the film's soundtrack is brilliant! So if you want to watch a film that is just purely enjoyable and entertaining, this is the one!
After watching Taxi for the first time i straight away rated it as a classic and i was so dissapointed when i heard Hollywood had gone and made a re-make which by the way is just awful! Which just proves this really is a classic.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est vraiment genial!, 10 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant film set in Marseille! Features Sammy Naceri driving his soupped up Peugeuot 406 around Marseille at crazy speeds! The film was very popular in france and features a superb soundtrack by french hip hop crew IAM. Both the film and music CD were number 1 in France for ages. TAXI 2 has been out in France since March 29th, 2000.
A great film, but a little on the short site. And the iffy translation (Poutain does not mean WOW!)
I advise anyone goes see it. the DVD doesnt have any extras except the trailer and cast info which is a shame as some interviews would have been nice. Cant wait for Taxi 2 DVD!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Certainly Doesn't Make Them Like This Anymore, 27 Sept. 2006
By 
Vica (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Taxi [1998] [DVD] (DVD)
Hollywood certainly does not, testament to this would be the 2004 hideous rehash involving Queen Latifa and some Swedish orientated girls performing the heist. The reason why the remake is so damned awful, is that Americans do not understand the subtlties of European humour, failing to realise that slap stick and obvious ploys to get women dressed in next to nothing do not work, nor does the ebonical slang that haunts many a film, spoken from stereotypical aggressive blacks.

Anywho...I don't own many comedy films in the film collection, often the formula is repetitive, and certain films can only be endured a handful of times before coming tiresome, and placed in the back of ones collection to gather dust, to be left there until the time comes when DVD's are replaced by something else all together. Taxi, however, is a severely enjoyable romp, which I can find myself watching on a frequent basis as the film is just so damned entertaining.

A Luc Besson script, but not directed by him, presents us with our two main characters, Daniel the greatest pizza delivery boy turned Taxi Driver, and Emilien the most bumbling police officer since Inspector Gadget. The humour is grand, and the difference between the two is highlighted from the very beginning. Daniel is the smooth charmer, from which the humour associated with him comes at the expense of those around him, whilst Emilien is the source of all the gags he provides due to his nature as a complete incompetent (this highlighted brilliantly in the scene where he is learning to drive). But do not let this fool you Emilien is a hard working honest man, and he is in no way handicapped, bar possibly his attempts of trying "too" hard.

The humour is understated which truly makes this one of the greats. Everything is done so stylish and classily, there are no gigantic slapstick moments, or moments of humour based of vulgarities, the humour is exactly what humour should be, quick witted dialogue combined with precarious "sit-com"-esque moments.

The film charts the progress of these two characters as Daniel is entrapped by Emilien and "forced" to work for him, as Daniel and the officers he work with, engage in various plans e.g Operation Cougar in vein attempts to capture the ever elusive and so wonderfully stereotypical German Mercedes Gang (what's in a name!). So the chase is on, and using Daniels modified Peugeot they formulate a plan to trap the krauts ("damn the special franco-German relationship"). This is truly a must for any fan of cinema.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film which puts hollywood to shame., 3 Feb. 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Taxi [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Its a film with some of the best chase sequences i have seen yet. Without the total need to computer animate every part of it they went out and did it for real. Ok the plot is a bit quirky but so are most French films. People who go and watch this film will never look at other films the same it has it all Cars, Girls, Chases and classic cops and robbers plus a taxi driver.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film proves why the French are the best at film making, 12 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
This film proves why the French are the best at film making, it has well thought out action with a great storyline, really well scripted out. The reason the French are so good is because they try to make a good film. The American remake is terrible, all the Americans do is remake every European film there is just so they can make money, there is no point instead they should appreciate other cultures, the rest of the world can.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2.0 out of 5 stars Great action comedy with a Gallic twist, poor DVD, 30 July 2013
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
As films go, Taxi might be no more than a bit of fluff, but its infectious energy makes for a compelling 86 minutes. The plot is paper-thin - ageing pizza delivery boy Daniel reinvents himself as a taxi driver with a somewhat relaxed approach to the Highway Code, and teams up with bumbling cop Emilien to defeat a gang of German bank robbers. Luc Besson penned the script - you get the impression he did it as a bit of light relief between his more serious projects - and his sheer love and enthusiasm for the cinematic art comes across in every frame. Hollywood might churn out action comedies on a production line, but there aren't many that are as fun and as satisfying as this. DVD transfers of foreign-language movies are always a bit hit-and-miss, depending on the studio, and this one sadly is a miss - non-anamorphic widescreen with burned-in subtitles. Fortunately Taxi has now made it to blu-ray in France - the disc is import-friendly, region-free with English subtitles and DTS-MA audio, so this is the one to go for if you have an HD setup. The only other option is the R3 DVD release, anamorphic NTSC with player-generated subtitles but with a minor cut for nudity.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb no nonsense action, 3 Feb. 2003
By 
D. J. Burton (UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Taxi [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
Who said that the French can't translate humour? This is superb! The (admittedly simple) translation captures everything the film has to offer. It's funny, very un-politically correct, doesn't take itself serious and offers bucketloads of action. I would recommend this for any action junkie, buy it - then buy the second one!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 28 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Taxi [1998] [DVD]
Taxi [1998] [DVD] by Gerard Pires (DVD - 2007)
£6.97
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews