Taxis and Private Hire
10 Comments 24 September 2010
Review by Chris Hall for Taxi 2  [DVD]
Taxi 2 roars onto your screen from the starting line with more of the same high speed racing mixed with it’s quick witted nature. For a sequel, it shows that it can stand alone as it’s own film yet keep in lane with the original. Being a French film, it offers subtitles for the non-french speaker, which are clear and bold, which is a refreshing change for a subtitles film. The stunts are impressive, with the classic ‘taxi’ style pile-ups you’ve been longing to see. A complete non-stop, tongue in cheek, blast of a film. Recommended!
Review by for Taxi 2  [DVD]
We catch up with megaspeed taxi driver Daniel once again in Luc Besson’s stunning sequel to the 1998 original Taxi.The story this time follows Daniel, his soon to be father in law (Who, by the way, happens to be a senile old general!) and his bumbling cop friend Emilien on a mission to stop a Nija gang from terrorising the streets of Marseille. Fully packed with high speed car chases, stunning Ninja sequences and sharp witted humour, this film far excels the original. The adrenaline pumped Daniel is once again played with precision by Samy Naceri, Whilst the ever sexy Marion Cotillard plays the long waiting girlfriend Lily. Look out for cameos by Jaques Chirac and Lionel Jospin.One more thing for you die hard fans, Mr Besson’s Taxi 3 is out in French cinemas later this year…
Review by for Taxi 2  [DVD]
Forget what you think you know about cliched French cinema. Do not be mistaken. This film is neither arty, nor sophisticated, nor is it in black and white. Taxi 2 (like Taxi 1) is effortless viewing. Above all it is comedy, interspersed with great car chases. It is the funnier and more excillarating European cousin of the Fast and the Furious. The film neither takes itself too seriously, nor does it waste time with digitally enhanced this and that. The chases are just excellent, and really look like they have sent a stunt driver out into the rush hour traffic to do his worst (or best)to frighten us. The humour is largely slapstick and there are plenty of non-politically correct stereotypes (policemen, japanese, german & french alike). It is an odd association but if like me you grew up with TV characters from BBC’s Allo Allo, or Inspector Clouseau (pink panther films)and enjoyed car films like Italian Job (original),Cannonball Run and Monte Carlo Rally, etc you should like this.The plot is simple. After dinner at the future ‘in-laws’, Daniel (a taxi driver) just pops out to give his girlfirend’s father (a General) a lift to the airport where the Japanese ambassador is arriving to sign a military contract. When the ambassador is kidnapped, Daniel feels obliged to come to the aid of the embarrased French dignitaries. With the police and army in tow, Daniel attempts to get the ambassador back as quick as possible. All the while, he is trying to get home to his frustrated girlfriend who is waiting for him with the promise of ‘dessert’.None of the jokes or action have been spoilt in this review. Go see it!
Review by for Taxi 2  [DVD]
I think this sequel is better than the original, it is more funny, and has more action. The car chase in crowded Paris towards the end is not to be missed. Daniel has also added some interesting features to his taxi, which I wont say. The action scenes include almost no special effects, and they certainly don’t make them like this anymore. overall its just very entertaining.Of course to fully appreciate it you should first see Taxi 1, which is also very good. The dvd does allow you to switch the french subtiles off, unlike the Taxi 1 dvd, which i appreciate. Also included is ‘the making of taxi 2′, the trailer, and some filmographies.
Review by D. J. Burton for Taxi 2  [DVD]
There are no promises in this film except one: that it’s guaranteed to make you smile! Non politically correct sentences are translated (very well in fact) in abundance and this offers a fresher film than the holloywood movie industry churns out. It’s packed with action and fast paced, and there is even a plot hidden under it all. Don’t buy this if you hate daft films though.Light hearted and funny, this is definitely worth buying on dvd because it’s one of the few films that you’ll continue to put on every few months.
Review by M. Young for Taxi 3 [DVD]
This movie is not as good as Taxi or Taxi 2, but it has a different feel and charm to it, which makes it yet another great Taxi movie. There is alot of comedy in this movie and there are no bad guys in fancy cars who daniel has to beat in a race, instead this film shows a maturer Daniel and Emelien facing fatherhood, but not before saving the city from a gang of robbing Santa Clauses. Its also different in that its set in winter time and that Emelien and Daniel realise they have to change and grow up to become good fathers. There is one scene in particular which was fantastic and that was when the car converted into a sort of snowmobile and drove down a mountain. This is something i have never seen before and as always with the Taxi movies, it was real and there were very little special effects involved. The fact that all the stunts are real is what makes it so good.
This is not an action packed adventure like the first two films, which is why i think it is good. Its takes a different approach instead of taking the risk of boring us with the same old car chases as the previous two films have. This is a nice film, its funny, has some amazing stunts and brings the Taxi adventures to a happy and mature ending. I would recommend this film to anyone who has seen the first two and loved them. Again its not as good as the first two, but it is still a great film that i enjoy watching again and again.
Review by Tom B for Taxi 3 [DVD]
I am writing this as a massive fan of the first Taxi and the soundtracks to all three films. However, I felt compelled to review this realistically after seeing the 5 star rating it currently enjoys.
On every level, this is an incoherent rehash of the first two films, with even less plot. That is arguably also the case for Taxi 2, but that remained watchable thanks to some great car chases, and the return of familiar characters such as Commissaire Gibert. However, this final effort to make some cash from the success of the first film is an embarrassment, lacking any plot, wit, action, or charm.
Anyone new to the series should definitely buy Taxi 1, (memorable for the spectacular car chases round Marseille) and possibly the sequel, if they fancy watching the same film set in Paris. But please leave it at that!
Review by Somnambulist for Taxi 3 [DVD]
If you liked the first 2 taxi films, you’ll enjoy this one just as much. The slick car chases, the irreverant boss, the slightly-bumbling detective, the super-cool taxi driver.
Emilien’s wife (Petra) is now pregnant as he chases the Santa Claus gang around Marseille; Daniel has relationship difficulties with his gorgeous girlfriend Lily; return of the nutty boss Gilbert, Daniel’s prospective father-in-law makes another army-inspired performance.
Besson directs as capably as always.
All-in-all, a laugh a minute – even better when my French improves !
Review by Rat M’Scrat for Taxi 3 [DVD]
Another amazing Luc Besson film, same characters, same director, same car, same jokes etc etc.
So if you liked Taxi 1 & Taxi 2 (which I did) – then get it.
Watched it last night and was in stitches for most of the film!!
Isn’t as fresh, but still has the comedy & the car chases that made the first 2 what they are.
Review by Gary Sereno for Taxi 3 [DVD]
I loved Taxi, a superb ballance of action, plot and comedy. Taxi 2 was such a great dissapointment as the plot was weaker, the jokes poor, the action overly scripted and often badly shot, leaving just the driving to keep it together. So now we have 3.
The first thing to do on watching this is forget about the first movie. This is a fun romp where a series of jokes have been linked together by a thin plot. Once you take that attitude it is rather fun. The opening sequence is worth the rental cost alone (if you go that route), and there are other gem scenes (Daniel driving Lilly and her father).
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