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Money is their God
on 28 August 2014
This single disc opens with two film trailers in English. Cutting to the main screen it offers play, scene selection and bonus -the bonus being a making of, an English trailer and international trailer. This is a brutal French thriller/action movie in which veteran kingpin Claude Corti (Phillipe Caubere) rules over his men with an iron fist, and through fear and respect he keeps the peace or dominates other Parisian gangs.
The film portrays an ultra stylish world of fast cars, plentiful drugs, expensive clothes and even more expensive women, but Corti makes sure that his soldiers are well rewarded for their loyalty. When Corti is arrested on minor charges and sentenced to prison, the streets become divided as greed and opportunity for advancement arises amongst his underlings and rivals alike.
The subtitles are surprisingly unobtrusive and for the most part you don't have to follow them too much -even if like me you don't understand French. The first twenty minutes or so follows Corti and his men as they go about their routines of striking deals, making bargains or simply enjoying what money can buy them. Unlike most films of this type, Conti has his fingers in so many pies from counterfeiting, gun running, white slavery, drug dealing, extortion and even legitimate business enterprises. Violent and racist, it tackles many taboo subjects from drug taking, murder, torture and rape in a refreshing unsentimental manner and you get sucked into the characters lifestyle and find yourself sympathising or despising them at various times. The torture scenes are carried out in a graphic but brutally pragmatic manner that illustrates a business-like approach that is not found in Hollywood movies. Women in the film are treated and viewed as possessions to be used and abused by the men of the movie and almost all are either prostitutes, strippers or erotic dancers. Politically Correct this isn't and it easily offends the sensitive.
Why **** stars, because some of the editing seems rather abrupt and other scenes such as an early shoot-out introduce so many new actors that you find it impossible to distinguish which gang is which. Recommended on the condition you don't mind subtitles, bad language or graphic violence