Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: 8:30 PM
4/12/2012 5:30:00 PM4/12/2012 5:30:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesBumRush At Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas - Theatre 52190 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6Website: https://reelworld.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=457009FalseMM/DD/YYYY
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How often does Canada produce a rip-roaring gangster film. This one has gunplay, fisticuffs and underworld intrigue to spare--it's an action-packed, deliciously tense portrait of Montreal's criminal underbelly. Papy (Pat Lemaire) is the owner and operator of strip bar The Kingdom; when a police crackdown on the underworld creates a power vacuum, his establishment becomes menaced by a vicious street gang trying to claim it as the crown jewel in their conquest of the streets. Papy, never one to take things lying down, calls on his coterie of fellow ex-military bouncers to strike back.
This is a rich, multi-ethnic brew, with dialogue that jumps from English to French to Italian and back--often within seconds--in a way that rings wonderfully true for Montreal. The director weaves a complex web of greed, ambition, and masculine codes of honour, with ricocheting bursts of testosterone and loads of violence. The bikers, black street gangs, Italian Mafiosi and French-Canadian bouncers are a combustible mixture, with ethnic alliances and conflicts shifting by the minute. The muscle-bound bouncers are the moral centre here; their defense of property and pride evokes American classics like Rio Bravo, Walking Tall and Assault on Precinct 13, but director Michel Jette gives the film a uniquely Quebecois flavour.
- Bobby Del Rio, ReelWorld Programmer, Canadian Features