The Crew (Braqueurs)– Review

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Directed by Julien Leclercq
Starring Sami Bouajila, Guillaume Gouix, Youssef Hajdi
Released on 15 November 2018
Duration 81 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

I personally love heist movies. There’s something about the adrenaline rush that I love getting caught up in. It keeps me at the edge of my seat. I bite my nails and watch as the members of a crew attempt to tie in so many different seemingly impossible tasks and successfully get away with it.

But sadly, the jam-packed action sequences are just not enough to make a movie good. The Crew is unfortunately one of those films. There is adventure and thrill galore but not really anything else besides that. If you’ve watched The Italian Job, you can draw a few parallels but that’s about it. Where The Italian Job had story to keep you watching The Crew doesn’t have much.

Yanis Seri (Sami Bouajila) is the leader of a ‘crew’ of thieves. They plan and execute heists involving loads of heavy equipment and crashing trucks, vans etc etc. They’re a well-oiled machine and work incredibly well together – flawlessly pulling off complicated thievery at its finest. Yanis plans a big heist where they rob blank passports from an armored truck. The heist goes as planned and they make loads of money. However, we later find out that the guns they used were supposed to end up in a river – which did not happen. Turns out Yanis’ younger brother Amine (Rédouane Behache) sold one of the guns to another gang that distributes heroine around Paris.

The gang member that used that gun got caught by the police. So their gang leader Salif (Kaaris) calls on Yanis to pay the debt. When Yanis disagrees Salif threatens to kill his mother and sister. Thus, Yanis agrees to carry out a major heroine heist for Salif. Things go awry when Yanis’ gang attempt to keep the stolen heroine for themselves. Drama and fast paced chase scenes ensue!

The characters of The Crew seem to be well written out, but not really utilized. There are various sidelines subplots that fizzle out into nothingness – take Yanis who tries to get back with an ex, Marion. Their relationship didn’t work out the first time around because Yanis lied about his job, but that story line ends up going nowhere. Too many loose ends that are left untied by the time the movie ends is slightly annoying and also evidence of bad editing.

The run-time of roughly 81 minutes seems to be short to do much of anything. The characters aren’t built upon so we don’t really care about them. Add in the fact that they’re all lying thieves – so why would we? We are given no reason to root for them so we watch indifferently as they go about planning heists and getting in trouble.

So, I would say, probably sit this one out – unless you’re a fan of action sequences. The fighting and action scenes are good but nothing you can’t see elsewhere. There’s just no story here to make the movie worth your time.

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