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Empire of the Wolves (2006)

Sony

Cast: Jean Reno, Arly Jover.

Rating: NR

Run time: 128 mins.

Genre: Foreign

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

This smart movie shows the French know how to make an action packed thriller as good as anything coming out of Hollywood.

It's a great plus, of course, to have the great Jean Reno (Mission Impossible, The Da Vinci Code, Ronin) on board. Here's an actor who can dominate a scene and hold his own with the likes of Robert De Niro or Tom Hanks.

Based on the novel by Jean-Christophe Grange, The Empire of the Wolves tells two intersecting stories. In the first, Anna (Arly Jover), wife of a government agent, is suffering hallucinations and fears she is losing her mind.Sometimes she doesn't even recognize her own husband and stars to believe he had plastic surgery to change his appearance. The truth is even more horiffic.

Meanwhile, Paris police hunt a suspected serial killer after three illegal Turkish immigrant women are brutally mutilated and murdered. At their wits end, police reluctantly call on Schiffer (Reno), a disgraced retired cop who has an intimate knowledge of the Turkish underground in Paris. Completely ruthless when pursuing information to solve the case, Schiffer shocks a colleague when he tortures a gang boss.

Working the seedy neighbourhoods and backstreets of Paris, Schiffer soon encounters Anna on a quest of her own. Both paths lead to a Turkish terror group called the Gray Wolves.

Nothing is at it seems in this fast paced flick. There's a decent English-language dub of the
original French dialogue, though you might want to go with subtitles
to catch Reno's distinctive voice.

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