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Action, Drama - Gangland

The Family (2013)

Released 2013 Rating 15 in UK
Director Luc Besson Writer/s Luc Besson, Michael Caleo
Starring Robert De Nero, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, David Belle
Source of story A book by Tonino Benacquista
Elevator Pitch A mafia boss who has turned state’s evidence is hidden by the FBI with his family in Northern France, and it is not long before they start to solve problems in the traditional “family” way. But the gangs back in the USA are on their trail, so there is going to be a showdown.
Content Some moderate violence, some more extreme and unpleasant violence. People are beaten with blunt instruments, dragged behind cars, blown up and shot with a variety of weapons, handguns, machine guns and RPGs. Sex without nudity once.
A View Up front I can say I am a Luc Besson fan, but he got most of this wrong. If it is a black comedy the frequent deaths of inoccent bystanders prevents it from being at all funny. I wonder if he had strayed outside his usual cast list, and was a bit overawed by the major Hollywood players.

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