Excerpt: Giovanni Manzoni ( Robert DeNiro ) was once one of the most feared and respected mob bosses in New York. Times have certainly changed. For some unexplained reason Manzoni turned stoolie for the FBI and was moved into the Witness Relocation Program under the supervision of veteran agent Robert...
Conclusion: This one might qualify as an OK rental. Purchasing it might wind up as a completely disappointment. Picking it up for a cheap one-watch isn’t going to harm anyone, but will have you glad you didn’t purchase it.
Conclusion: I enjoy a good mobster movie – but 'The Family' isn't one. Luc Besson has tried to make a comedic crime movie, but it's not funny and it certainly doesn't succeed as a mobster movie. Flat jokes and the violent criminal element don't blend well.
Excerpt: The Manzoni family is well adjusted… to the mob life. Family head Giovanni (Robert De Niro) has dumped his past as he sits in witness protection, sent across the world to Normandy. Under a watchful eye of FBI agents, Giovanni plots out his memoirs on a typewriter as his kin solve their own issues.
Conclusion: The Family simply doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be. Besson had two choices here, either playing everything as an outright farce, or playing it straight as a thriller. The weird mash up on display satisfies neither genre and instead will probably leave most audience members shaking their...
Excerpt: If you feel like being nitpicky, there’s a whole lot wrong with director Luc Besson’s newest The Family . An angry, motivated person could write multiple reviews ranting about its bizarre usage of voiceovers and less than expert structure without ever repeating himself.
Excerpt: In Luc Besson’s The Family , a family of American sociopaths living under Witness Protection move into a small French town and begin terrorizing the local populace. Dad Robert De Niro is a mob snitch and ruthless killer, mom Michelle Pfeiffer is an arsonist, and their kids aren’t much better.