Welcome Back ! Film Lingo is up and running again and to start our official launch is a special Crime/Mob Article ! Today I’ll be reviewing a movie that can be classified as a crime thriller: The French Connection.
The French Connection remains one of the greatest films ever made (counted by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest movies coming in at 93.) The plot involves smuggling of various narcotic substances out of France and to the United States. James “Popeye” Doyle and his partner, Cloudy, are NARC agents in New York City that happen upon a standard drug bust that turns into something even larger and more sinister than they could have ever imagined. Wealthy, important men are behind this smuggling operation and it seems as if it is impossible to stop but Popeye makes it his sole mission to stop the operation at any costs.
This is not my favorite crime movie but I must give credit were credit is due: the acting in this movie is stellar. Gene Hackman gives a performance that he will be known for for years to come and Roy Scheider gives an equally memorable performance. The pace of the plot is slow at times, but when the action picks up, it really picks up. Thrilling gun battles as well as the best car chase of all time are all within this movie.
All in all, this movie is very, very good. Like I said, it is a considered one of the greatest films of all time but it’s just not one of my favorites. It is very entertaining and all, but it never struck me as a phenomenal movie; it’s just really good, not fantastic. The movie is not as good as my last reviewed crime movie Reservoir Dogs but it is definitely worth a watch.