Crimson Rivers – Angels of the Apocalypse (Special Edition)

February 17, 2017 - Comment

Jean Reno is back in action as Commissioner Niemans. The body he found in a monastery seems to point to a ritualistic sacrifice and a portent of something strange to come. At the same time, young police captain Reda finds a man in agony who’s an exact DNA match for Christ. Reda quickly finds outhis

Jean Reno is back in action as Commissioner Niemans. The body he found in a monastery seems to point to a ritualistic sacrifice and a portent of something strange to come. At the same time, young police captain Reda finds a man in agony who’s an exact DNA match for Christ. Reda quickly finds outhis case is directly linked to Niemans, but is the Apocalypse really about to begin as all signs seem to indicate?French sensation The Crimson Rivers was a serial killer thriller with a difference–it was genuinely thrilling. It was also pretty disturbing, but Jean Reno (The Professional) brought some light to the darkness with his sly performance as dog-phobic detective Niémans. Fortunately, Reno has returned in this highly stylized Luc Besson-penned sequel. Vincent Cassell has not, but Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher), as new partner Reda, makes for a decent replacement. Alas, Olivier Dahan isn’t in the same league as Matthieu Kassovitz and the story line, which has something to do with the Last Supper, the Maginot Line, and gravity-defying killer monks, is even more convoluted than before. Then there’s Johnny Hallyday (The Man on the Train) as a mysterious one-eyed man and Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) as a bad German dude. It’s all a little ridiculous, but entertaining nonetheless, and the chase sequences are a treat. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Anonymous says:

The original Crimson Rivers (Les rivieres pourpres) was made for the French market and so had French subtitles. The Angels of the Apocalypse was made for the American market and hence did NOT have French subtitles. As a French speaker, although as a third language, French subtitles would have assisted with better understanding of the French dialog.As for the movie itself, the cinematography, the acting, and the plot line (just to name a few) were poor rip-offs of other films about…

Anonymous says:

Angels of the apocalypseAfter watching Crimson Rivers a number of times, I was hoping the sequal would live up to the mystery and rich character formation of the original movie. None of us are really surprised when a sequal is disappointing, but we keep hoping.The charm of the two protagonists in Crimson is completely missing in the sequal. I think the english dubbing of the sequal lacks the spark of the original when Max and Piere are drawn into unplanned acceptance,…

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