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The Empire of the Wolves (2005)

Jean Reno , Arly Jover , Chris Nahon  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Arly Jover, Jocelyn Quivrin, Laura Morante, Philippe Bas
  • Directors: Chris Nahon
  • Writers: Chris Nahon, Christian Clavier, Franck Ollivier, Jean-Christophe Grangé, Luc Bossi
  • Producers: Andrew Colton
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRBA9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Empire of the Wolves" on IMDb

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Anna (Arly Jover, Blade) is losing her memory. It started the day she failed to recognize her husband, Laurent (Philippe Bas). "I'm going crazy," she whispers to herself. Then at a dinner party, faces suddenly morph into death masks. Elsewhere in Paris, Captain Nerteaux (Jocelyn Quivrin, Syriana) is trying to catch a serial killer. The three female victims, all Turkish illegals, were tortured and mutilated. Out of desperation, Nerteaux turns to "Shifty" Schiffer (a blond Jean Reno) for help. A brutal cop with ties to the Turkish underworld, Schiffer is easily persuaded. (Too easily, perhaps.) Meanwhile, Anna begins seeing Dr. Mathilde (Laura Morante, The Son's Room). Despite the freaky Francis Bacon painting in her waiting room, which Anna finds terrifying, Mathilde turns out to be a sympathetic psychiatrist who helps unravel the truth about her condition--her face was altered and her memory erased. At the same time, Schiffer helps Nerteaux to solve his mystery. The link between the two is a right-wing organization called the Grey Wolves, which will lead all of them to Turkey for the explosive climax. Empire of the Wolves exerts the same grim fascination as The Crimson Rivers, a previous Jean-Christophe Grangé adaptation featuring Reno. While it marks a minor entry in the versatile actor's career, the gripping (if over-long) thriller ultimately belongs to Jover, whose Anna is as divided against herself as Anne Parillaud's La Femme Nikita. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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From the producer of The Professional and The Fifth Element and starring Jean Reno (The Professional) this intense horror/thriller finds a woman suffering from nightmares and bouts of amnesia mysteriously tied to a series of gruesome murders around Paris. Anna Heymes (Arly Jover), the wife of a senior government official, is experiencing the loss of memory and terrifying hallucinations. In the Turkish neighborhood of Paris, two police officers, Nerteaux (Jocelyn Quivrin) and Schiffer (Reno), are trying to solve the mystery of the sadistic murders of three women, all clandestine Turkish laborers. While the upright Nerteaux is determined to stop the killings, Schiffer is a dirty cop whose real goals are more questionable. In the course of the investigation, they discover that an armed branch of the Turkish mafia might be responsible for the murders. At the same time, Anna learns that her face has been transformed by plastic surgery, leaving nothing of her previous appearance. The link between Anna and the three victims becomes ever more clear as Anna's horrible past is progressively revealed to her, to Nerteaux, and to Schiffer

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Reno Fans! Light on extras. December 30, 2005
`Empire of the Wolves', a French film directed by Chris Nahon and starring the perennial French film star of choice, Jean Reno is better than several of Reno's films I've seen recently such as `Wasabi' and `The Crimson Rivers', but not nearly as good as his appearances in `La Femme Nikita' or `The Professional'. And yet, his performance in this movie raises the quality of the movie rather than detracting from its reputation. Reno seems to be the French Robert DeNiro, who has appeared in a number of potboilers lately whose primary claim to fame is the fact that DeNiro is the star.

Overall, this is a pretty engaging thriller with a really unusual premise built upon the contemporary concerns about terrorism and interest in medical technology. Similar to `The Crimson Rivers', the movie starts out with two unrelated story lines.

The first story line involves a young woman who, as the film opens, is undergoing an MRI scan to diagnose what seems to be a very odd type of amnesia, where she can't recognize her husband's face. The second story line involves a Paris homicide detective who is working a serial murder case where all the victims are illegally immigrated Turkish girls. The detective captain brings in Reno's character, a forcibly retired specialist in the Turkish quarter of Paris, who left the force in disgrace, stripped of virtually all civic privileges, including his driver's license.

Through the middle of the film, we are treated to Reno's interpretation of the `Dirty Harry' archetype of cop who extracts information from the bad guys in ways that even Clint Eastwood's characters would think twice before trying.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth watching! November 3, 2005
Not knowing what to expect from this film, I was pleasantly surprised by the Empire of the Wolves. The movie sheds light on a series of murders that take place in the Turkish neighborhoods/quarter of Paris involving young women.

The film starts out with slight elements of horror, moves on to a thriller, and climaxes as an adventure with lots of gunfire and explosions.

The plot is overall very good, shedding light on the French government and police as well as the Turkish extremist nationalist group known as the "Grey Wolves" and the drug trafficking used to finance their operations.

Jean Reno, and the rest of the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are extraordinary to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows!

Nevertheless, there are flaws in the plot, e.g. the French policeman does not seem to have a supervisor to report to; he does pretty much whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants. Moreover, his arrival in Constantinople, alone and without contacts or knowledge of the language (he sticks out like a sore thumb), and his finding the secret hideout of the Grey Wolves, and all that without being detected is a bit too much...

In short, it's a movie definitely worth watching, as it will provide for an evening's entertainment. 4 Stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie May 26, 2006
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Okay, so there are certain aspects that aren't very believable, but who cares, it was great fun to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TURKISH CANDIDATE October 21, 2007
Highly original thriller more or less a mirror 'type' image of "Manchurian Candidate" and it packs quite a punch ARLY JOVER is spectacular as the very confused candidate, and it becomes quite an eye opener re. the world of 'intrigue'.

Reno [as usual] never fails to please and is remarkably original in his depiction of the burnt out [?] cop?

Enough said - go along for the ride - this is an original and deserves much more attention than previously received.

[ps. Hollywood - please don't remake - this is classic French 2000 cimnema].
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire of the Wolves. May 22, 2006
_L'Empire des Loups_ is an excellent French action film. The film features a woman who is apparently losing her memory. Her ability to distinguish her husband's face is disappearing. However, something sinister lurks behind this apparent memory loss. While this woman struggles with her apparent disorder, illegal Turkish immigrants are turning up dead, their bodies and faces mutilated. The film features many surprising plot twists as the woman and the murder cases begin to coincide. A secret society that seeks to restore the Turkish empire known as the "Grey Wolves" (named after the grey wolves that supposedly saved Turkey from imminent destruction) is involved in a diabolical attempt to infiltrate government as well as drug smuggling. The movie also shows the unethical attempt by the government to experiment on unwitting victims, as well as the threat posed by both terrorism and knee-jerk counter-terrorism forces. This movie is very exciting and will certainly keep the viewer interested.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Euro-stylish January 11, 2006
If you liked La Femme Nikita or the Professional, this will do the trick. Very unique, with a cerebral plotline and two converging stories that make for a very engaging movie. May have to watch it twice, particularly if you saw it in French with English subtitles, as I did the first time.(?)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie
Im a fan of Jean Reno and the writer Jean Cristophe Grangé. The book was far more interesting but i think that the movie deliver what is necessary to understand the history.
Published 7 days ago by djunes
3.0 out of 5 stars Foreign shoot-em-up with sexy star
I'm a big Reno fan, as I think I've said before. Aside for his star power, this movie is an OK action flick. I enjoyed it, but I've already forgotten most of it.
Published 23 days ago by Judith E. Oakland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie
Empire of the Wolves is one of my favorite movies. The plot is all action and unpredictable, so you have to be engaged to follow it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars love the story
wow Jean Reno... I tell you at forst I was horrified, I thought Jean was really old looking and just sloppy and on the wrong side. I LOVE this movie. I like the scenery in Turkey.
Published 15 months ago by happy
4.0 out of 5 stars love jean reno
always a favorite-jean reno wins isn't requiring twenty more words is foolish it's a quick review not a critique, really?
Published 16 months ago by Stewart A. Foss
3.0 out of 5 stars Despite The Always Enjoyable Rèno, Only A Middling Midweek...
Had to admit that I was caught off guard with this production. As usual I try to avoid any plot summaries or reviews for films, allowing myself to be in the dark as much as... Read more
Published 23 months ago by MadMacs
1.0 out of 5 stars Empire of the Many Plots
Jean Reno is pretty fun if not on the edge of crazy and dark, although his part is more of a supporting role. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by M. S. Lorenzen
3.0 out of 5 stars Long and action packed
It's not a bad movie and it's quite long....about two hours. By the end I was a little tired. It's not Reno's finest performance and I prefer his role as commissioner... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by A quiet fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good French action thriller
This review is for the Amazon VOD rental of this film. This is a pretty decent
French action flick. Good story with nice twists and turns along the way. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by dannho
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a film about Alzheimer's disease or about illegal immigrants
A chic Parisian housewife (Arly Jover) finds her life falling apart when suddenly she can no longer remember the man that she is married to. Read more
Published on August 16, 2008 by Genevieve Hayes
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