Ousmane Diakité and François Monge could also be French, however they are going to be immediately acquainted to American audiences: mismatched detectives thrown collectively by a case, they bicker on a regular basis, solely to ultimately grudgingly dealer a truce. They complement one another, you see.
As you may need guessed, “The Takedown” is a Gallic spin on buddy-cop films, particularly these from the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s. Sadly a lot of the humor, which incorporates a number of moldy gay-panic jokes, belongs to that period, too. Think about, our two heroes should share a mattress after a lodge runs out of rooms — the horror!
A sequel to the marginally superior “On the Different Aspect of the Tracks,” from 2012, “The Takedown” finds the shrewd, hotheaded Ousmane (the “Lupin” star Omar Sy) and the idiotic, boastful François (Laurent Lafitte, “Elle”) investigating a small mountain city crawling with white-supremacist thugs hopped up on potent meth — and the native authorities, which belong to a far-right occasion not not like Marine Le Pen’s, greater than tolerate them. Not less than a neighborhood policewoman (Izïa Higelin) seems eager to assist our odd couple.
The challenge should have felt like a gimme for each Sy, whose easygoing allure helped flip “Lupin” into a worldwide hit, and Louis Leterrier, who made his mark directing the wonderful first two “Transporter” films in addition to the very best “Lupin” episodes. However even the sight of the 2 frenemies wiping out racist goons will not be sufficient to make up for the desperately frantic motion scenes (hope you want interminable automotive chases), joyless jokes and hackneyed clichés.
Not rated. In French, with subtitles. Operating time: 1 hour 59 minutes. Watch on Netflix.