The Crew (Braqueurs)

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Violence, sex, drugs in stock French action thriller.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 81 minutes

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Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Robbers crash their vehicle into an armored truck and then use assault rifles and tear gas to steal the money. Firearm battles between robbers and drug dealers. Gun battles on the streets of Paris; characters die, including one shot and killed with two close shots to the chest. A family dog is shown dead from a gunshot wound. Cars set on fire, explode. Family members of the lead character held hostage. Bad guys tell one of the lead characters how his family is taken hostage and that one of his men is having sex with his wife while his young daughter watches. 

Sex

Sex scene, female nudity (breasts), male nudity (buttocks). 

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "p---ies," "bastards," "bitch," "badass," "hard-on." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the lead characters is addicted to OxyContin -- he's shown taking the pills in a few scenes. Whiskey and wine drinking in bars. Marijuana smoking. Lead characters forced to rob a shipment of heroin. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Crew (aka Braqueurs) is a 2015 French action-thriller in which a group of expert robbers must pull off a dangerous heist for a gang of vicious drug dealers. It's in French with English subtitles. There's frequent action-movie violence -- robbers crash their cars into armored vehicles then steal the money inside while wielding assault rifles and throwing tear gas. The robbers engage in firearm skirmishes with the drug dealers and also the police. Character shot and killed at close range. Cars set on fire, explode. A dog is found dead from gunshots on its side in a pool of blood. While captured at gunpoint, the main antagonist tells one of the main characters that his men have taken his family hostage and are having sex with his wife while their young daughter watches. One of the main characters is addicted to Oxycontin, is shown taking the pills. Sex scene includes bare female breasts, male buttocks. Profanity, including "f--k." Alcohol drinking, marijuana smoking.

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What's the story?

Yanis (Sami Bouajila) leads THE CREW, a highly-skilled group of Parisian bank robbers. They have recently taken things to the next level by robbing thousands of blank passports that can be sold on the black market. But when his brother makes a deal on the side with a merciless gang of drug dealers that goes wrong, Yanis is given no alternative but to make amends. The crime syndicate sends them on a mission to rob a lucrative shipment of heroin that will be entering France. They manage to get the heroin, but things go awry when they try to cross the dealers rather than complete the deal. The drug dealers attack the families of the bank robbers -- Yanis's mother is taken hostage, his brother is arrested, and Yanis must now find a way to free them both while fighting back against both the drug dealers and police and escape to Morocco. 

Is it any good?

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, feels forced and almost obligatory, since muddying the waters through ambiguity is more the rule than the exception it might have been when The Godfather was released, or even The Sopranos and The Wire

Still, the action and the story itself sustains 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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "action-thriller" movies. How does The Crew compare to other action-thrillers? 

  • How was violence a central feature of the movie? How did it move the story forward, and how was it used solely for the sake of excitement? 

  • How did the movie show opioid addiction? Did it glamorize it, or was it shown to be something the character was struggling with? 

Movie details

For kids who love action

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