I remembered the start, an edgy group of strangers gather in a Paris bar, all recruited by Natascha McElhone for a shadowy mission. They include Sean Bean (or Deadmeat as they call him), Jean Reno and Robert DeNiro. I also remembered that there would be car chases and gunfights. I didn't remember Nice at all - car chases on narrow roads hanging above the sea. I didn't remember Katerina Witt playing an Olympic skater. I didn't remember what was in the MacGuffin. I did remember that there would be awesomeness and I was right.
I think Mr. Schprock recommended this to me. Going in the first time, I guess I expected it to be kind of lame. I mean:
- Pretentious Japanese title - how Jean-Pierre Melville
- DeNiro - a little old to play a tough guy
- Frankenheimer - not my favorite director, too old-fashioned
In conclusion, Luc Besson. He's not related to this, but with Paris, Jean Reno, action, his spirit is present.