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The Empire of the Wolves

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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 li

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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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  • Actors: Vernon Dobtcheff, Jean Reno, Arly Jover
  • Directors: Chris Nahon
  • Producers: Patrice Ledoux
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRBA9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Empire of the Wolves" on IMDb

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By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2005
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`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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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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Jean Reno is pretty fun if not on the edge of crazy and dark, although his part is more of a supporting role. The movie suffers from too many sub plot points all trying to rule the empire of being the major plot point. A little horror nightmarish, a little Jason Bourne, a little Fringe. If they stuck to one of these, the movie could have been better. Unfortunately it doesn't.

If you're looking for Jean Reno films, this one is a "maybe-catch-it-on-TV-sometime" viewing. Won't miss too much.

Also, in terms of family friendliness, it is rated R and for good reason. Some grisly dark violent scenes, as well as nudity and language.
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A follow-on to "Crimson Rivers", this film exhibits the same intricate plotting and an entertaining. parcours-like chase as it's predecessor. Jean Reno has established himself as dependably watchable movie tough guy character whose presence in the cast guarantees to raise the overall quality of just about any film. Not his best outing (The Professional still hold that title), but Reno's Empire of the Wolves IMO is almost as good as was Crimson Rivers, and is far more watchable and interesting than most of the formulaic dreck Hollywood is turning out.
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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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Jean Reno, I love his acting, he is a great actor, this is another movie that has great plots.
a society that has totally gotten out of control, great viewing, probably for more mature audiences.
i play the French version with english subtitles, Great movie
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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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