THE GANG / THREE MEN TO KILL (Blu-ray Review)
FROM COHEN MEDIA GROUP
Review by Mr. Paws😸
Some of us ignorant Americans might only recall Alain Delon from the small handful of English language films he did in the ‘60s & ‘70s (the only one all I ever saw was The Concorde: Airport ‘79!). He never did make much of an impact on this side of the pond. But in Europe, he’s a living legend. In his heyday, Delon might not have been a versatile actor, but he had shit-tons of charisma and sex appeal, both of which are on display in these two mid-career crime thrillers.
1977’s The Gang features Delon as Robert, the cocky and reckless leader of the Front Wheel Drive Gang. Taking place in post-war France, these guys commit a series of high profile robberies, sometimes two in a single day. Meanwhile, Robert strikes up a whirlwind romance with Marinette (Nicole Calfan). Eventually, there’s a tense stand-off with police at a countryside inn. Though leisurely paced, this is an entertaining film with a likable band of bad guys. Even with a bit of thinly-disguised commentary about French immigration policies, the overall tone remains pretty light. A couple of quips, though...the awful score sounds like something you’d hear during couples-skate at a roller rink, and what the hell’s up with Delon’s goofy afro?
|Alain confronts his hairdresser.|
Certainly products of their time - and indicative of the films Alain Delon was making back then - neither of these are classics of French cinema, just well-made and enjoyable crime thrillers. For those unfamiliar with his lengthy body of work, they serve as a nice introduction. And at the very least, he’s more convincing as an antihero than sharing a cockpit with George Kennedy.