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Either you make decisions or life makes them for you.For an ex-con struggling to go straight, the temptation of money, women and power prove too much, especially when his best friend promises him an easy heist. But things are never simple in a world where violence and power go hand-in-hand, and things start to spiral out of control when his younger brother falls in with a rival mobster running drugs. Caught in a mob war, he must choose between his new life and his old life, with explosive consequences.

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  • Actors: Samy Naceri, Marie Guillard, Michel Duchaussoy, Philippe Nahon, Clotilda Courau
  • Directors: Manuel Boursinhac
  • Producers: Alain Goldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001L3LU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Code" on IMDb

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pork Chop on June 26, 2007
Format: DVD
THE CODE (2002, LA MENTALE) has actors speaking their natural
French but whose dialog was dubbed in English. There are also
English subtitles, that consistently differ from the dubbed English.
The target market is obviously that spoken about by the new elected
French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, (former Minister of the
Interior), who won the favor of many over his promises to cope with
the multicultural pressures that France faces today, in large part
centered in the hyper-populated suburbs of Paris.

The movie tells the story of second generation Maghrebs, who
consider blue collar jobs and the 9 to 5 work routine dishonorable,
preferring instead, to be their own bosses, viewing the world as
seen in some regions 800 years ago, carrying out hijackings of 18
wheeler TIR trucks carrying commodities and reselling them, or
looting armored bank vans carrying loads of cash, etc. Thus, actors
Samy Naceri and Samuel Le Bihan play the roles of gangsters, running
their own operations, ranging form narco-trafficking, import to
dealing in the street with their own city blocks in the city to
protection rackets, high end car thefts, etc. This is confirmed
when we hear "It's the dough that makes the man!"

The script puts a lot of effort in underlining the personal lives of
the mobsters, showing a birthday celebration, a woman mulling over
her rocky relationship and pregnancy, coping with infidelity, etc.
In this regards, a night club is the center of ultimate joy when
friends gather, perhaps juvenile as an outlook.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2005
Format: DVD
Columbia Tristar presents French caper thriller 'The Code' ('La Mentale') produced by famous French film company Goumont Pictures, which brought us gripping 'The Crimson Rivers.' several years ago. So, while watching 'The Code,' I was pretty thrilled to see the company's logo, but soon the film proved a big disappointment. A very big one.

The film stars Samuel Le Bihan (the hero of entertaining actioner 'Brotherhood of the Wolf') as Dris, who once served time in prison and now is working at factory. To him, old friend Yanis (Samy Naceri, the likeble taxi driver in the original 'TAXI' series) comes, asking him to join in the next heist plans, promisng a big score.

But Dris's devoted and ill-used girl-friend is not happy at all, especially when he meets not only his ex-pals at a noisy party, but his sexy ex-love who again comes in on to him. And Dris has a young brother who admires the life of gangsters, and does not listen to Dris's sincere advice.

THE PROBLEM with the film is now clear. It is so cliche-ridden that you can detect the next move the film so easily. Is Dris wise enough to reject the temping offer of the nice guy Yanis, or the devilishly seductive former girlfriend? You know it, of course.

Another irritating thing is the style of direction, which is not all bad, but good either. It is simply bland. And to make the film more dull, the characters are not compelling enough, lacking the definite touch of the uniqueness or reality. What is left in the film is the insipid plot about the gangsters who are not interesting, and the heist that is not thrilling.

Did Columbia Pictures buy many French titles to release them in USA and other English-speaking countries? If so, we simply welcome that decision. But please, not this tasteless gangster film, which should have been left behind.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Allan on November 15, 2004
Format: DVD
This is run-of-the-mill gangster schlock, pretty much on the level of TV crime dramas. All the stock locations are here: birthday party, sex club, meat locker, etc. As are the stock characters: Mr. Tryingtogostraight, Ms. Seductivetemptress, Mr. Homicidalsociopath. The only one missing is Mr. Crookedcop! The acting is laughable. Samuel Le Bihan's dark hair and makeup certainly do not an Arab make. It would seem he took lessons at the BBC Institute of Smirk and Grimace Acting. The rest of the cast is wooden and forgettable. And the plot is as full of holes as a Gruyere cheese. It's truly a shame that the French believe they have to imitate the predictable dumbed-down badguy junk that Hollywood churns out year after year. The only difference is that the French mob is dressed by stylish couturiers!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guy Bodart on September 8, 2009
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This is not the hollywood type of gangster's movies. This is the reality. Very good acting and realistic dialogue and action. Of copurse, a n US citizen cannot understand that movie at all, because the culture is very diferent. Let's say that Europe has a culture ans the US do not have one yet.
That film must be play in French and you much known very well French to understand what's going on and what those guys have in their mind.
You cannot dub a movie like this. It's impossible. It's also impossible to understand those people if you did not live with them. I am Belgian, speak French and I was 3 months a year in France on vacation and business too.
It's the reason why Americans do not like French. It's because they do not understand eachother. French like Sicilians are mean people. Americans still childish.
The film is very good. But you must be able to understand the EU culture.
I give 5 stars because, I think like them and that the way that Europeans are.
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