Dir: Benjamin Rocher.
With: Jean Reno, Alban Lenoir, Caterina Murino, Sabrina Ouazani. 92 mins. Cert:
Un peu cheeky, this. After Nick Love’s big-screen Sweeney rehash elicited lukewarm
responses back in 2012, its producers stuck the script on the Eurostar and saw
it remade as something called Anti-Gang.
That film’s now been repackaged as what sounds like a franchise-expanding
spin-off, yet its MO is near-identical: blokey – albeit newly subtitled –
surveillance-van banter between burly womaniser Jean Reno and sidekick Alban
Lenoir (as “Cartier”); much Saab-ad flash applied to careworn maverick cop
business; thunderous rounds of ammo passing through paper-thin
characterisations. No longer bound by Winstonian gravity, it’s the pacier
watch, but these knuckles can only be dragged so far before tiredness sets in. The Sweeney: Paris opens in selected cinemas today.