Sunday, April 01, 2007

Movie Review: Bon Cop Bad Cop

I saw Bon Cop Bad Cop for the first time a while ago (first semester) but I did not have a review section back then (except for books, of course). I watched it again a couple of days ago, and decided to do a proper review this time. I don’t think most people have heard of this movie outside of Quebec, and I doubt anyone has heard of it outside of Canada. However, in Quebec it is a huge hit and for good reason. The film manages to dig to the core of being Canadian (including the French-English tension) in a great bilingual style.

The story is uniquely Canadian, centered on hockey and Quebec-Ontario relations. The villain of the movie is disappointed by the export of the Montreal “Patriots” (Canadians) to the states and is willing to go to any length to stop it. The plot combines comedy, drama and action into a well balanced and well paced package. You never feel like the movie is slow or rushed. Every scene is properly selected and directed.

The only scene that could have been taken out of the movie was the random sex scene in the middle. It did not really move the movie forward (except for reinforcing the French character’s separatist views, but you could figure it out as is). However, you can’t have a popular movie now-a-day without at least some sex. All in all, the movie is near perfect, and as much as I hate to admit it to the Frenchies, the movie deserves a full five starts.