I wonder if the year and the numeral of the movie were planned out or if it's just a coincidence?
Anyway, for car upgrades this time think snow, for plot think police inspector Gilbert being seduced by a reporter, both Daniel's & Emilien's girls pregnant, a gang dressed as Santa Clauses robbing banks and as always a ton of light-hearted comedy mixed with people who constantly make fools out of themselves... and a lot of driving. I can't say this movie is better than the two previous, but it sure isn't worse, it delivers what you expect it to. Car chases, comedy, drama, a funky hiphoppish soundtrack as always, and a great plot.
A noticeable addition to this movie is the intro, a twisted parody of the James Bond movies, pretty interesting. Also notable is Sylvester Stallone making a guest appearance at the start of the movie, as a passenger, a sequence you don't want to miss. ;)
As always Besson manages to film everything from the right angles, at the right speed, patch everything together at the right pace, and make all the characters seem down to earth and personal (though obviously a bit exaggerated). Another thing he manages to do is make fun of France, even though it's a French movie, without making the French mad about it. I'd say that last point is the most admirable feat.
Another recommended movie!
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Just when you thought it get couldn't get any more next level!
This is the one with the Sylvester Stallone cameo. :) And the Bond intro! Didn't remember that. And the ski slopes - treads on the Taxi - and babies! And the beautiful lady Bai Ling (Qiu). And yes, Lilly is played by the same lady who played Mal in Inception - Marion Cotillard! Didn't know until now.
Plot element that made it to the American movie here: Girl on the heist. Though just the one?
The comedy just might be getting better and better, though at the same time the movies are getting less and less dark and/or authentic... though does it matter? I laughed more with this one than I have in a while now. The franchise went mainstream somehow - most mainstream yet with this one - and childbirths are a new and reoccurring thing - but I'm here for it.
It ain't bad.
It ends the right way too. Like the last one didn't. But otherwise some things sure drag along a bit... relationship stuff...
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome