The Prey

Rated R 105 minutes 2013

Since the success of Tell No One (2006), the French seem to have fallen in love with convoluted action-driven crime thrillers, sometimes even one-upping Hollywood. But that love crosses over into amour fou in this 2011 prison-break caper by Eric Valette, who puts a jailed bank robber (Albert Dupontel) through more hoops than a circus tiger. While he's behind bars, sadistic guards, Russian thugs, and a greedy member of his old gang menace the thief; once outside again, he has to contend with obsessed cops, a serial killer, and the vengeful father of one of the killer’s victims. The frenzied excess is all too silly, including a cliched climax that’s literally a cliffhanger. In French with subtitles.

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