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A distant third
on 4 March 2011
Having seen (and loved) the first two Taxi films, I bought this one more in hope than expectation.
Having now watched it, I have to say that whilst the underlying story has moved on a bit (two of the main characters, Emilien and Petra, are now married) the plot content has got a bit bogged down. There is an early nod to the James Bond franchise, but there is little else that is new. It is still a "bungling police v. gang of robbers" theme, and it is possible to detect just a bit of laziness this time round. The hilariously incompetent chief of Police now seems to have been reduced to little more than a bit-part.
I found the Chinese villain characters insubstantial and superficial - there could have been a lot more made of them, in the way that Taxi 2 made some effort to explore and make fun of Japanese Yakuza. The stunts in Taxi 3 seemed a bit tired too.
On the whole, they could have made this one even better, but they missed the target in favour of repeat themes.
I see that they have made Taxi 4, but I think I'll be giving that one a miss.