August 15, 2022
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Ousmane Diakité and François Monge could also be French, however they are going to be immediately acquainted to American audiences: mismatched detectives thrown collectively by a case, they bicker all the time, solely to finally grudgingly dealer a truce. They complement one another, you see.

As you may need guessed, “The Takedown” is a Gallic spin on buddy-cop motion pictures, particularly these from the Eighties and ’90s. Sadly a lot of the humor, which incorporates a number of moldy gay-panic jokes, belongs to that period, too. Think about, our two heroes should share a mattress after a resort runs out of rooms — the horror!

A sequel to the marginally superior “On the Other Side of the Tracks,” from 2012, “The Takedown” finds the shrewd, hotheaded Ousmane (the “Lupin” star Omar Sy) and the idiotic, conceited François (Laurent Lafitte, “Elle”) investigating a small mountain city crawling with white-supremacist thugs hopped up on potent meth — and the native authorities, which belong to a far-right celebration not not like Marine Le Pen’s, greater than tolerate them. No less than a neighborhood policewoman (Izïa Higelin) seems eager to assist our odd couple.

The mission should have felt like a gimme for each Sy, whose easygoing appeal helped flip “Lupin” into a world hit, and Louis Leterrier, who made his mark directing the wonderful first two “Transporter” motion pictures in addition to the finest “Lupin” episodes. However even the sight of the two frenemies wiping out racist goons isn’t sufficient to make up for the desperately frantic motion scenes (hope you want interminable automobile chases), joyless jokes and hackneyed clichés.

The Takedown
Not rated. In French, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 59 minutes. Watch on Netflix.

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