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By A Customer
This review is from: Taxi 2  [DVD] (DVD)
Forget what you think you know about cliched French cinema. Do not be mistaken. This film is neither arty, nor sophisticated, nor is it in black and white.
Taxi 2 (like Taxi 1) is effortless viewing. Above all it is comedy, interspersed with great car chases. It is the funnier and more excillarating European cousin of the Fast and the Furious. The film neither takes itself too seriously, nor does it waste time with digitally enhanced this and that. The chases are just excellent, and really look like they have sent a stunt driver out into the rush hour traffic to do his worst (or best)to frighten us.
The humour is largely slapstick and there are plenty of non-politically correct stereotypes (policemen, japanese, german & french alike). It is an odd association but if like me you grew up with TV characters from BBC's Allo Allo, or Inspector Clouseau (pink panther films)and enjoyed car films like Italian Job (original),Cannonball Run and Monte Carlo Rally, etc you should like this.
The plot is simple. After dinner at the future 'in-laws', Daniel (a taxi driver) just pops out to give his girlfirend's father (a General) a lift to the airport where the Japanese ambassador is arriving to sign a military contract. When the ambassador is kidnapped, Daniel feels obliged to come to the aid of the embarrased French dignitaries. With the police and army in tow, Daniel attempts to get the ambassador back as quick as possible. All the while, he is trying to get home to his frustrated girlfriend who is waiting for him with the promise of 'dessert'.
None of the jokes or action have been spoilt in this review. Go see it!