Parents' Guide to

The Crew (Braqueurs)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violence, sex, drugs in stock French action thriller.

Movie NR 2015 81 minutes
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This is one of those action thrillers best filed under "sound and fury, signifying nothing." The Crew is enjoyable enough for its own sake, but there's nothing especially original or groundbreaking in either the action or the story. The "good guys who are bad who are fighting the bad guys who are even worse than they are" angle has been used so much by this point, it's stock. The moments of "humanizing" the lead characters by showing their vulnerabilities, coupled with the love they feel for their families, feel forced and almost obligatory, since muddying the waters through ambiguity is more the rule than the exception that it might have been when The Godfather was released, or even The Sopranos and The Wire.

Still, the action and the story itself sustain enough interest to keep the movie engaging for its brief 81-minute length. Once the fighting really starts, the momentum picks up, and even with the brief detours into basic humanity and character motivations beyond mere greed and kicks, there's enough energy and spectacle to sustain the movie to the end. But beyond that, when the movie ends, it's difficult to find anything especially memorable.

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