Movie of the Week: Bastille Day

The Bourne Similarity

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The sun is coming out more, the birds are singing more, and the movies are getting goofier: as spring dawns, the multiplex is reverting from steak to fast food. No matter, if the offerings are as gleefully trashy as Bastille Day. Leaving aside any questions of taste in watching a film about terror in Paris so soon after last November’s attacks, this is a perfectly serviceable post-Bourne thriller with just enough moments of dorky inspiration to be worth your time. Brits Idris Elba and Richard Madden are both cast as Americans, the former a CIA agent and the latter a pickpocket who inadvertently plants a bomb. It’s worth it for Elba Neeson-ing his way around Paris – he’s a beast in this one – and, for bonus points, he sings the Fatboy Slim-produced theme song. You already know yourself if you’ll enjoy this one or not. Times & trailer

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