|Title:||French Connection II|
|11.05.06||DVR||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2006|
Following with another Frankenheimer. My big regret this weekend is that The Seven-Ups hasn't been on TV lately. I really wanted a French Connection pseudo-sequels double feature, but oh well.
This time, Popeye Doyle travels to Marseilles to track down Fernando Rey and take his ass down. What's funny is that I don't get that Hackman has any sort of plan. He gets no help from the French Police so he just walks around the city, calling all the cops assholes and saying "I came here to get that frog son of a bitch and I'm gonna get him!" over and over again. Eventually we learn the real reason why he's in town. Unfortunately, instead of an exciting chase sequence, there's a good half hour of Hackman being addicted to heroin against his will then writhing around and crying while the French cops force him to go cold turkey. It's like Trainspotting without the dead baby. Kind of really slowed the movie down for me. But after that, the action picks up in typical gritty 70s cop movie fashion, so that was highly satisfying.
Overall, it's not a bad movie at all. I can see why it's not really talked about like The Seven Ups though, even though that's not an official sequel. It's got a great ending though. oh man.
So now that it's like 1:30am, it's time to start the midnight programming! I've decided to end the fest/weekend with a heady triple feature of horror movies! I'll be up till dawn, baby... let's do this!