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Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse (original title)
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Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.

Director:

Olivier Dahan

Writers:

Luc Besson, Jean-Christophe Grangé (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Pierre Niemans
Benoît Magimel ... Reda
Christopher Lee ... Heinrich von Garten
Camille Natta ... Marie
Johnny Hallyday ... L'ermite borgne
Gabrielle Lazure ... La femme de Philippe
Augustin Legrand Augustin Legrand ... Jésus
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Père Vincent
André Penvern ... Père Dominique
Francis Renaud ... Flic Reda #1
David Saracino David Saracino ... Flic Reda #2
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Flic #1
Eriq Ebouaney ... Flic #2
Jo Prestia ... Emilio
Cyril Raffaelli ... Prêtre tueur
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Storyline

Chief Niemans is investigating a series of ritual murders: The victims are crucified. He teams up with young officer Reda, who gets embroiled after a man dressed as a monk tries to kill a confused guy Reda picked up on the street. Together with a specialist on christian mythology they uncover a mysterious group called "Angels of the Apokalypse". Written by kaeng

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An unholy crime... An unstoppable killer... Caught in a deadly tide.


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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | UK

Language:

French | German | Italian

Release Date:

18 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimson Rivers: Angels of the Apocalypse See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,025,280 (France), 20 February 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee accepted his role mainly because he wanted to work with Jean Reno. See more »

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The shadow of boom mic is visible just after the army go to the monastery, at the bottom left corner, in the forest. See more »

Quotes

Reda: You still never told me.
Commissaire Niemans: What?
Reda: The name of your dog.
Commissaire Niemans: I found an interesting name, a dangerous dog's name.
Reda: For a Yorkshire?
Commissaire Niemans: Yes, I called him... Reda!
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Connections

References The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962) See more »

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I Wanna Be Your Dog
Performed by The Stooges
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Raiders of the Lost Duhhh Vinci Code
26 February 2008 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

It seems that contemporary filmmakers find it difficult to deal seriously with religion. It's much easier to latch on to something in the Bible that they don't quite understand (the Ark, Mary Magdalene, the book of Revelation) and try to create supernatural thrillers under a cloak (in this film's case, a LITERAL cloak) of religiosity.

This film is never quite sure what genre it wants to belong to. Is it just a bloody horror show, or an apocalyptic thriller, or perhaps even a post-WWII neo-Nazi conspiracy film? You might think any of the above, depending on when you started watching. There is some wonderful scenery from the French/German border area, along with astounding stunt work and adrenaline-rush chase scenes. But the plot never clicks, and the ending, although full of excitement, is empty of meaning and resolution. The underground scenes, drenched in water, almost made me wonder if Jeunet took over the direction at that point.

Jean Reno and Christopher Lee are both thrown away in their generic roles as tough cop and dastardly villain. Lee's final scene is such a blatant ripoff of the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK that I wonder how he did it with a straight face. I saw this on cable with closed captioning. I would have preferred French dialog with subtitles. The English dubbing is lifeless (with all Europeans using bland American accents), and the captioning frequently disagrees with the audio track, occasionally even mistranslating French idioms. Skip this one unless you just want to skim the action sequences!


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