Jean Reno as Commissaire Niemans
BenoÓt Magimel as Capitaine Reda
Christopher Lee as Heinrich von Garten
What really bugged me the most though was that Iím a huge Jean Reno fan but Iím starting to realize that he suffers from crapagentitis and that at least one out of every two films he stars inÖ suck. Magimel was pretty entertaining as the requisite young rebel cop that Vincent Cassel (a.k.a. Mr. Monica Bellucci) played in the first movie. Aside from these two and Lee, I was only moved by the nurse at the hospitalís front desk and by that time I was grasping at anything to save me from the ridicule of this story. Iím personally starting to get a bit fed up out of movies that play on peopleís newfound cynicism when it comes to anything to do with religion and religious themes. If these filmmakers think theyíre original or are attempting to be controversial, they should look around at about 70% of the films coming out nowadays in which at least one line of dialogue is dedicated to just that. Either way, this movie was too lame to be considered either original or controversial and itís unfortunately too lame for us to even enjoy an actor of Renoís magnitude. Leave it on the shelf and prepare to beg for mercy in case some studio exec in Paris gets Crimson Rivers 3 plopped down on his desk.
The longer feature is followed by a set of Five Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes focusing on Lighting (5 mins), Weapons (7 mins), Design (5 mins), Corpses (5 mins) and Sound Design (5 mins). Theyíre short but nonetheless pretty entertaining. My personal favorite was the Weapons featurette in which the filmís weapons specialist explains the wide variety of guns used in the filmís shootouts.
Thereís also a small clip of a deleted scene entitled Deleted Scene: Strip Bar (1 min). It takes pace in a strip bar where a very hot stripper is dancing. Reno and Magimel are also in the scene but then again, so is the very hot stripper!