The Connection Movie Review
The French Connection is one of the most famous crime-thrillers in cinematic history… and now the French have taken up the story, looking at the events that unfolded on their side of the pond. Naturally, since you wouldn’t call French fries “French fries” while in France, this movie is simply called The Connection.
Starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist), The Connection is a solid thriller that unfortunately winds up being semi-unmemorable. It goes through the motions well enough, painting the good guys, bad guys and everyone in between—in the world of drugs, there are a lot of shades of gray—and maintains a sense of movement and pace throughout.
But as time progresses, the 135-minute running time begins to loom large; it’s a film that would have benefited from some tightening. No individual scene is squandered, but the synergy isn’t quite there; The Connection is fine, but the whole equals less than its parts. Even as things escalate the movie becomes less interesting as it goes along. Having watched it just a couple weeks ago, I already have forgotten a lot of what happens.
The Connection is a perfectly fine crime thriller, but it understandably pales in comparison to its kin.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.