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Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse back to product details

Super Sequel
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written by talltale April 20, 2005 - 5:45 AM PDT
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CRIMSON RIVERS 2: ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE wins the "It-sure-is-a-mouthful Award" for being one of last year's longest titles. It should also win an award as one of the most exciting and properly executed "thrillers" of recent years. It moves exceedingly fast, covering its tracks cleverly enough to allay any quibbles you might have--at least until the movie is over, when you've caught your breath and can begin quibbling. If the ending is a bit of a letdown (endemic, it seems, to this kind of movie; maybe questions are just more fun than answers), it's at least far superior to the original's.

Jean Reno again essays his role as lead detective and does his usual fine job, Benoit Magimel makes an even better co-cop than his predecessor Vincent Cassel, and Christopher Lee is always fun to watch--as much here as in that more famous "Ring" cycle. Simply for orchestrating a couple of major set pieces (a foot chase/fight that begins in a hospital and runs across the town and countryside, and the amazing scene in a supermarket) director Olivier Dahan ("La Vie Promise") deserves our undying gratitude. And his cinematographer does wonderful things with light--even more than dark--to create a creepy mood and an aura of foreboding. In fact, Dahan does a better job than did Mathieu Kassovitz (director of the original CR), incorporating everything necessary from atmosphere to thrills, pace and intelligence.

Mystery/action buffs take heed: this one is MUCH better than average.

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