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Parents' Guide to

The Stronghold

By John Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Boring French thriller has language, violence, stereotypes.

Movie NR 2021 105 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Makes no Legal sense

So were they concerned about the informant getting killed or more concerned about her getting arrested. Just frustrating on so many levels could have been a really good movie. I think they just cut it poorly and no one had the balls to fix it

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In this slickly-produced and strongly-acted thriller, lots of buildup leads to nowhere. Most of The Stronghold plays like a standard cop thriller about 3 vaguely-corrupt police who have grown bored in their jobs because they don't actually have any real impact. While they do want to reduce crime, save lives, and get criminals off the streets, they also want big scores, promotions, and better lives. Loosely based on the real-life story in 2012 that found many Marseille police officers charged with corruption, stealing and selling drugs, and receiving bribes, this film misguidedly reimagines the story through these 3 White police officers. The writers and makers of this film literally took a story about 18 Marseille police officers getting charged with corruption, abuse, and larceny, and thought, what if they weren't corrupt? Let's tell that story. Many viewers might want to watch a different story.

Nevertheless, the main characters are presented here as not explicitly corrupt at all. The last third of the film finds them caught up in an investigation and their boss won't bail them out. They are thrown in prison and a solid chunk of time is devoted to their "hardships" in prison. By the end, they aren't deemed guilty, and viewers are meant to feel bad for them because they lost their jobs, had to experience a difficult time in prison, and now variously work in different sectors of the workforce.

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