Friday night at the movies: Bastille Day

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 06 May, 2016

Bits and bobs

If you are looking for something to do this evening , then you could try the cinema and see the latest movie from/starring Idris Elba, "Bastille Day".

US operative Sean Briar (Idris Elba) is transferred from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria to the CIA station in Paris. This misfit real-world warrior now finds himself struggling to adjust to a desk bound role in the fight against cyber-terrorism.

The eve of Bastille Day, Zoe Naville (Charlotte Le Bon) heads out across Paris to plant a bomb.
Meaning to kill no one, but instead, make a huge political statement, Zoe has a change of heart at the last minute, as she decides to abandon her plans.
Subsequently, her bag is stolen by an American pickpocket, Michael Mason (Richard Madden). Not realising the nature of what lies within, he hurriedly takes anything of use, before chucking the bag and the rest of its contents into a bin beside a popular Paris Métro station.
The bomb goes off and he becomes the prime suspect in this terrorist bomb attack.
Briar is determined to track him down before the French authorities can.
He soon becomes convinced that Mason is not responsible, but may be the only link to the real perpetrator.
I will not tell you the ins and out of the story or twists and turns as that takes away from the actual experience of watching the movie.
I saw Bastille Day this Bank Holiday weekend and 2 things stood out for me:
I felt uncomfortable at the start as it is a mere few months after the tragic events of last November in Paris and I must admit I couldn't stop a few tears; for me it felt too raw and real rather than watching a movie.
I am definitely on the "Idris Elba for next Bond" waggon now and this movie was like a 90 minutes personal audition. The chase across Paris rooftops at the beginning looked very much like the starting scene of Skyfall where Bond chases the baddie on top of a running train. Elba is cool, fit, we know he can definitely act, he has swagger, he is a Brit, and follows on the more "rough and ready but cool" Bond started with Daniel Craig. Oh and Elba is hot.
Overall a good action movie.

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