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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dan's Discs: THE FAMILY



I must be slipping in my old age because I forgot to discuss THE FAMILY, which is now on DVD.

Director Luc Besson is really a jack of all trades. 
He has done everything from Action, to Sci-Fi to Animation and is almost always successful.
Three of his features, LA FEMME NIKITA, L√ČON: THE PROFESSIONAL and THE FIFTH ELEMENT are nothing short of brilliant. His latest feature, THE FAMILY, didn't make much of a splash at the box office, but as of now is clinging to a spot in my Top 10 films of 2013.

Besson takes from, and shouts out, many famous gangster films from American cinema. 
The result is a wild ride that really has everything: 
High and low brow comedy, action, drama, romance, thrills and violence.
It's also full of some great acting. 
Old favorites Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones are very entertaining.
There is good work from John D'Leo, who plays a smarter, meaner version of Ferris Bueller. 
And last but certainly not least, a standout performance from Dianna Agron, best know for her work on the TV show GLEE. 

Agron is absolutely smoldering and brings serious emotion to a movie that lives on the edge of being an insane romp. Strike that, the movie is an insane romp, but Agron's performance and storyline line really raise the drama stakes. If you like blood with your comedy, then look no further, because THE FAMILY has plenty of both and much more.

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