The Takedown Review: You'd never guess Louis Leterrier's new Netflix buddy-cop action film The Takedown is a sequel to 2012's On the Other Side of the Tracks if you saw the entire movie.
That's for sure. My justifications are adequate: One; the first film had little international acclaim and only a few screenings in the United States.
And, two; it does not refer to the previous coupling of performers Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte; who played mismatched cops with quick wits in the film.
A sequel that is completely self-contained and stands on its own two feet; rather than requiring the audience to bring a bunch of pre-digested story ideas and character attributes into the film with them; which, may I remind you, is homework.
So that's new – but perhaps not in this genre.
The Takedown Summary
Ousmane Diakite (Sy) and his accomplice are going to apprehend “Europe's most wanted man.”
That man, however; is fighting in front of a boisterous crowd in an underground MMA ring and has just knocked out a very massive man.
This hasn't deterred Ousmane in the least.
He dives straight in, and the editor goes into a cut-happy frenzy, and the art director goes crazy with the yellows; greens: and reds, and the cinematographer goes insane with all the LENS FLARE blasting over the screen.
As a Parisian police captain; in the criminal division, Ousmane punches; parries; and arm-bars the bad guy till you wonder why he isn't a UFC champion.
It must be his passion for truth and justice and all that.
He's so good that the public relations team wants him to be the force's social media and promotional video face.
That, plus the fact that he's Black would help the cops put a nicer gloss on cultural relations, which Ousmane is well aware of.
The Takedown Cast
Meanwhile, Francois Monge (Lafitte) shrinks his therapist at his parents' home, where he still lives.
Lowly Lt. Monge is still a deputy at this point in his career, though he prefers the designation “associate chief,” even though denying failure makes him look even more like a failure.
Francois is a tool, as evidenced by the fact that I write a considerably shorter introductory paragraph for him than I do for Ousmane.
Is It A Sequel
“The Takedown,” a sequel to Louis Leterrier's 2012 French buddy cop comedy “On the Other Side of the Tracks,” begins by recognizing that it is in jeopardy.
Why make yet another “Lethal Weapon”-inspired story when we're finally starting to talk about policing's structural issues?
Letterier, who has previously worked on “The Transporter” and “Now You See Me,” responds to this difficulty with ideological and visual gibberish in the hopes of creating the illusion of a high-energy distraction.
The film's sloppy dazzling only emphasizes Letterier's desperation, as well as the heroic cop story's current relevance.
Omar Sy reprises his role as Ousmane Diakité, the type of cop who can hold his own even when outmanned and confined.
So much so that he beats up a big MMA fighter in his ring and closes the action triumphantly with the crowd yelling, “The cops!”
The authorities! “The cops!” Ousmane's beating becomes viral, prompting the Paris police to utilize him and his black complexion in a cheesy social media campaign, which he scorns.
He understands what they're up to—covering up other cops' heinous acts, which aren't depicted in the film but are all too evident in real life. However, the film ignores this angle and assumes responsibility for police public relations.
Meanwhile; François Monge (Laurent Lafitte); Ousmane's former police colleague; is shown babbling to and then sleeping with his therapist; establishing himself as the duo's womanizer as well as the generic face of generic whiteness in policing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Takedown A Sequel?
“The Takedown;” a sequel to Louis Leterrier's 2012 French buddy cop comedy “On the Other Side of the Tracks;” begins by recognizing that it is in jeopardy.
What Is The Movie The Takedown About?
Ousmane and François are two different types of cops.
For a new investigation, the odd duo reunites once more.
What appeared to be a simple narcotics transaction escalates into a large-scale criminal case fraught with risk.
Where Was The Movie The Takedown Filmed?
Louis Leterrier was named as the director of a French comedy-action film for Netflix in March 2021.
Principal photography in Paris and the Rhône-Alpes region of France began on March 15, 2021.