Young French director Luc Besson (Le dernier combat) aims for a little American slickness in this relentlessly empty action film: it zooms along from one arbitrary sequence to the next, and its only aim is to keep the audience pumped up with kinetic stimulation. The action is largely confined to the Paris Metro, where the director explores the compositional possibilities of posing his actors (Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani, both garbed in the latest Left Bank fashions and festooned with wild, spiky punk coiffures) against the grimy backgrounds. There's a rock sound track, of course, and the Dolby stereo provides the dimensionality that Besson's thinly imagined situations cannot. Just what we needed: Miami Vice with subtitles. With Richard Bohringer, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Michel Galabru.
By Dave Kehr