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‘The Takedown’ Assessment: Mismatched Detectives on the Case


Ousmane Diakité and François Monge could also be French, however they are going to be immediately acquainted to American audiences: mismatched detectives thrown collectively by a case, they bicker on a regular basis, solely to ultimately grudgingly dealer a truce. They complement one another, you see.

As you may need guessed, “The Takedown” is a Gallic spin on buddy-cop motion pictures, particularly these from the Eighties and ’90s. Sadly a lot of the humor, which incorporates a number of moldy gay-panic jokes, belongs to that period, too. Think about, our two heroes should share a mattress after a resort runs out of rooms — the horror!

A sequel to the marginally superior “On the Different Facet of the Tracks,” from 2012, “The Takedown” finds the shrewd, hotheaded Ousmane (the “Lupin” star Omar Sy) and the idiotic, conceited François (Laurent Lafitte, “Elle”) investigating a small mountain city crawling with white-supremacist thugs hopped up on potent meth — and the native authorities, which belong to a far-right occasion not not like Marine Le Pen’s, greater than tolerate them. At the least a neighborhood policewoman (Izïa Higelin) seems eager to assist our odd couple.

The venture will need to have felt like a gimme for each Sy, whose easygoing attraction helped flip “Lupin” into a world hit, and Louis Leterrier, who made his mark directing the wonderful first two “Transporter” motion pictures in addition to the perfect “Lupin” episodes. However even the sight of the 2 frenemies wiping out racist goons will not be sufficient to make up for the desperately frantic motion scenes (hope you want interminable automotive chases), joyless jokes and hackneyed clichés.

The Takedown
Not rated. In French, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 59 minutes. Watch on Netflix.

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