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Rabid Dogs (2015)

Enragés (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 30 September 2015 (France)
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After a bank job goes badly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father and child hostage - it's the beginning of a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.

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Éric Hannezo

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Benjamin Rataud (scenario), Yannick Dahan (scenario) | 8 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lambert Wilson ... Le père
Virginie Ledoyen ... La femme
Guillaume Gouix ... Sabri
François Arnaud ... Vincent
Franck Gastambide ... Manu
Laurent Lucas ... Le chef
Mégane Lemée Mégane Lemée ... Charlotte 4 ans
Alexandre Goyette ... Policier accident
Pierre Lebeau ... Pompiste dépanneur
Dave Lapommeray ... Homme ours #1
Gabrielle Lazure ... Maria
Gisèle Trépanier Gisèle Trépanier ... Vieille dame
Violette Chauveau Violette Chauveau ... Femme au chignon
Ariel Ifergan Ariel Ifergan ... Agent de sécurité cale
Vanessa Gauvin-Brodeur Vanessa Gauvin-Brodeur ... Caissière
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Storyline

On paper, it was supposed to be a pure and simple bank heist; however, everything about this daring robbery in the heart of the bustling city went awry. Now, with a bag crammed with cash, a trail of dead bodies, and nearly every cop in town after them, the agitated gang leader, Sabri, and his two partners in crime are forced to think up a desperate last-minute plan to stay alive--even if it means to add kidnapping to the already heavy charges. In the heat of the moment, a young brunette, an unfortunate father, and his gravely-ill four-year-old daughter become the trigger-happy criminals' hostages, as the six of them engage in a frantic escape across the country over the course of a single day. But, in a hopeless fight for survival, nothing is what it seems.. Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 September 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rabid Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,303
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is a sort of remake of Mario Bava's Cani Arrabbiati, shot in 1974. See more »

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Version of Rabid Dogs (1974) See more »

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A Beautiful Morning
Written by Edward Brigati and Felix Cavaliere
Performed by The Rascals
© 1968 Edward Brigati Music / EMI April Music Inc / EMI Jemaxal Music Inc / Huna Music /
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music Publishing France. Tous droits réservés.
(p) 1966 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.
Avec l'autorisation de Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company
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A watch once kind of film
24 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

RABID DOGS is the French remake of an old Mario Bava thriller from the 1970s. The two films have the same set-up although the execution is very different. This new version is a dark and low budget thriller that focuses on half a dozen characters and puts them through the emotional ringer as the narrative progresses. I have to say that I was a bit let down by this movie. Not that it's intrinsically bad, because it isn't; it's a perfectly serviceable film and one that passes the time quite well. No, the problem is that I've been spoilt by other French thrillers in recent years: the likes of SLEEPLESS NIGHT, MEA CULPA, and THE PREY have all been exemplary, fast-paced thrillers that burned brightly with intensity. RABID DOGS feels weak by comparison.

There are some lively action scenes here for sure, and quite a few good twists. However, in between the strong stuff are some other scenes that feel dragged out and more than a little repetitive. It doesn't help that the characters are rather clichéd despite the efforts of a strong cast looking to bring them to life. The whole film needed to kick up a gear, to be more intense, more dramatic, more edge-of-the-seat, and then it could have been something really special. Instead the viewer is treated to Lambert Wilson (THE MATRIX RELOADED), Virginie Ledoyen, Francois Arnaud (THE BORGIAS) and Guillaume Gouix (THE RETURNED) trying their best but in the end making something rather ordinary.


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