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WINNER / Best Motion Picture / Genie Awards
Shoot First, Translate Later
Martin Ward (Colm Feore - Paycheck) and David Bouchard (Patrick Huard Stardom) could not be more different: one speaks English and is from Toronto; the other speaks French and is from Montreal. One obeys the law while the other makes his own. When a dead body is found draped over the border sign dividing Ontario and Quebec, they are forced to work together on the investigation and engage in a violent cat-and-mouse game with a deranged serial killer who is determined to keep the body count mounting.
approx. 117 mins. WIDESCREEN
Top Customer Reviews
A series of brutal murders in the Canadian hockey community pairs together two very different cops: Torontonian Martin Ward, (Colm Feore) a by-the-book, prim-and-proper intellectual, and rough-and-tumble David Bouchard, a shoot first, ask later detective from Montreal. Naturally, the two despise each other at first sight, and the rapid-fire bilingual one-liners between Martin and David are fast and furious from the get-go. Some critics panned the film for a seemingly forced, unnatural balance of bilingual script, but as someone who's trilingual, I frequently switch languages when speaking to other bilingual friends; nothing unnatural there.Read more ›
The film hangs its intercultural and political themes on a story line that has been filmed many times before: Two law enforcement officers with incompatible personalities are forced to work together on a tough case. They have a number of misadventures - some of which they cause for each other - but help each other out of trouble. Murders happen left and right, and there are police shootings and car crashes that result in no paperwork or lawsuits.
While all of these things are happening, the film is addressing issues of Canadian identity, especially the often sore subject of relations between Quebec and the rest of Canada.
The film makes its intercultural points using characters and situations that are usually playful, if somewhat stereotypical. The anglophone policeman (Colm Feore's character) from Ontario is firmly middle-class, uptight and rule-bound. The francophone officer (played by Patrick Huard) from Quebec is rough around the edges, unsophisticated, and overtly sexual. The entire nation of Canada is portrayed as being obsessed with hockey; a serial killer takes the obsession to the extreme of using skates and sticks to kill his victims.
These broad and simple images are raised from the first frames of the movie, but its deeper themes come out more gradually. Numerous scenes show the affronts and points of friction - small and large - between Canadians who speak French and those who speak English.Read more ›
The only thing missing was a reference to poutine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bilingual and irreverent. Profanity in both languages. The two solitudes meet in policing.Published 6 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
I've watched this movie around 5 times now, and I love it every time. It is full of great comedy and action, and the relationship between the two main characters is quite fun... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elorim