French Film Friday: Ready for some action?

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Welcome back to French Film Friday! As ever, we bring you a selection of French films that we love, hate, or think you should watch just to say you’ve watched them.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and aren’t too unhappy to be back at work.

Personally, I like to greet each new year with a bang – bring it on, 2013! – so this week I though I’d keep to the mood and bring you some of my favorite French action films.

‘La Femme Nikita’

This is the story of a teen junkie turned thief turned murder turned government spy (isn’t that how everybody gets into the service?) who lives with her blissfully unaware boyfriend in Paris.

It’s not often you see a great action film with a female lead (‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Kill Bill’ being obvious exceptions), and the non-stop action, psychological realism and intensity of this film make it well worth your time.

‘Nid de Guêpes’ (‘The Nest’)

Not your average cops-and-robbers film, this is more a case of cops-accidently-interrupt-robbers-while-trying-to-capture-vicious-drug-lord. Bullets will fly, and there will be lots and lots of explosions and cursing. Strap yourself in for the ride.

This film also has a great cast – you may remember actor Samy Naceri as the driver from the ‘Taxi’ films.

‘Le Transporteur’ (‘The Transporter’)

This is a rather popular English-language film – but did you know it’s French-directed (Louis Leterrier) and French-written (Luc Besson)?

It’s also got all the necessary ingredients for a superb action film: car chases, fight scenes, explosions, bullets, and Jason Statham. It’s a little light on coherent plot, but honestly, who cares as long as the cars are speeding and the briefcase-bombs are going off?

Image credit:
1. La Femme Nikita, via SplodgerSpoilers

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